Want to Sleep Better? Try Exercising More, Doctor Says

By Cristina Mestre

The National Sleep Foundation's 2013 poll released this week found a compelling association between exercise and getting a good night's sleep. 

Christopher Kline, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, was part of a five-member task force charged with coming up with the poll questions, interpreting the results and evaluating the findings.  

The 2013 Sleep in America® annual poll interviewed 1,000 adults in the U.S. between the ages of 23 and 60, and found that: 
Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can make people less inclined to exercise.  No exercise and not enough sleep can turn into a vicious cycle, says Dr. Kline.

So, what can you do to start sleeping better? Dr. Kline says making small changes, such as incorporating a short 10-minute walk into your day, can make a huge difference.  Although vigorous exercise is best, even light exercise is better than nothing.