By Cristina Mestre
exercisers reported better sleep than self-described non-exercisers even
though they say they sleep the same amount each night (6 hours and 51
minutes on average during the week).
moderate and light exercisers are significantly more likely to say “I had
a good night’s sleep” every night or almost every night on work nights
than non-exercisers (67 percent to 56 percent vs. 39 percent).
exercisers are the least likely to report sleep problems.
than three-fourths of exercisers (76 percent to 83 percent) say their
sleep quality was very good or fairly good in the past two weeks, compared
to slightly more than one-half of non-exercisers (56 percent).
tend to be more excessively sleepy than exercisers.
six of ten non-exercisers say they rarely or never have a good night’s
sleep on weeknights.
in seven non-exercisers report having trouble staying awake while driving,
eating or engaging in social activity at least once per week in the past
exercisers, the risk of sleep apnea (a medical condition where people stop
breathing during sleep and that increases the risk for heart disease and
stroke) is half that of non-exercisers.
to common perception, the poll found that the time of day you exercise
doesn’t affect your sleep patterns.
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.