National Sleep Foundation Poll Finds Exercise Key to Good Sleep: Page 3 of 6
Exercise can be part of the treatment.”
Less time sitting is associated with better sleep and health
“This poll is the first to show that simply spending too much time sitting might negatively affect our sleep quality,” says Prof. Marco Tulio de Mello, poll task force member. “In addition to exercise, standing at your desk, getting up for short breaks, and moving around as much as possible are important healthy behaviors to include in our lives.”
Exercise at any time of day appears to be good for sleep
This finding contradicts long-standing “ sleep hygiene ” tips that advise everyone not to exercise close to bedtime. The National Sleep Foundation has amended its sleep recommendations for “normal” sleepers to encourage exercise without any caveat to time of day as long as it’s not at the expense of sleep. (However, people with chronic insomnia should continue to restrict late evening and night exercise, if this is part of their treatment regimen.)
“Exercise is beneficial to sleep. It's time to revise global recommendations for improving sleep and put exercise—any time—at the top of our list for healthy sleep habits,” says Dr. Barbara Phillips, poll task force member.
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