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Working out may help you get a good night's sleep 

March 6, 2013

There are many things that can stand in a way of a person getting a good night's sleep. For example, insomnia, restless legs, stress, drinking too much caffeine and a poor sleep environment can all keep people from getting the rest they need. While there are many medications on the market that claim to help improve the ability to get shut-eye, individuals should look into all of the natural ways that they can get more sleep. For example, a recent poll from the National Sleep Foundation has found that exercise may lead to a good night's sleep

Researchers from the NSF discovered that people who reported that they exercise often were far more often to report experiencing a good night's sleep on a regular basis than those who don't workout. Individuals who said that they exercise were more likely to say they had a pleasant sleep every night, or almost every night on work nights, compared to those who said that they were not particularly physically active. 

Furthermore, the researchers stated that it wouldn't take a lot for non-exercisers to get these benefits. 

"If you are inactive, adding a 10 minute walk every day could improve your likelihood of a good night's sleep," said Max Hirshkowitz, Ph.D., chair of the Poll Task Force. "Making this small change and gradually working your way up to more intense activities like running or swimming could help you sleep better."

Along with getting more exercise, there are a number of things that can help people get more sleep. For example, the Mayo Clinic states that creating a bedtime ritual could be a good way to have a better night's sleep. People should do the same thing every night before they go to bed, which may help get them in the mood for sleep, such as quietly reading or drinking a glass of warm milk. 

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