We've all heard how important a good night’s sleep is to our health and well-being. But what are some of the important benefits of getting a good night’s sleep?
Feeling refreshed the next day would have to be at the top of the list but having a good attitude and mood are a couple of additional benefits.
Easy time falling asleep (you should be asleep within 20 minutes after going to bed)
Uninterrupted sleep time of 6-7 hours
Normal awakenings in between (normal is 1-2 awakenings in between to pee or re-hydrate)
Fresh wake up next morning
Energetic and positive attitude
One of the benefits of exercise is a better, sounder sleep.
In a 16-week exercise study on people with chronic insomnia with a sedentary lifestyle, it was concluded that exercise has a positive effect on the quality and time of sleep. The participants followed a 30 minute exercise routine of light aerobics and running 3-4 times a week.
The benefits weren't evident immediately but materialized over 16 weeks.
It wasn't necessary to follow a certain exercise program, aerobic and weight training had similar benefits. The important factor was the timing and intensity of the exercise. A suggestion was to avoid training before bedtime as the stimulation of the training could cause insomnia.