Friday, June 05, 2015

Best exercises leading to a good night's sleep

Having trouble sleeping? Most health experts mention that getting exercise during the day can improve sleep.

But do they tell you what kind?

A new study at the Univ of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, recommends walking, as well as aerobic calesthenics, biking, gardening, golfing, weight lifting and yoga/Pilates as most conducive to sleep.

No, not because they are boring!

What activities are not so sleep-friendly? Household chores and child care.

The researchers--who will present their results at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies this month--said the good sleep results from just walking were a surprise. The others were credited with sleep-enhacing effects because they were organized and "purposeful."

They also said it was "interesting" that home and work and childcare demands were the main reasons people lose sleep.

To me, that was one for The Big Book of Duh.

Chase a toddler around all day--you will be tired and exhausted but too jangled to sleep.

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