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Overall quality of sleep is impacted by physical activity

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Times have been rough in Syracuse due to poor economic conditions. This often leads to anxieties which makes it hard to get a good nights sleep. It appears one good natural manner to get a better nights sleep may be to increase your level of physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that understanding how lack of sleep affects your health can allow you to make healthier decisions for you and your entire family. explains that sleep is a significant health concern which is just as important as nutrition, exercise and stress management.

A recent Oregon State University News Release deals with exercise and sleep, "Study: Physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep." A new study has concluded that people sleep significantly better and feel much more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. It was found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in quality of sleep. Also people with more physical activity reported feeling less sleepy during the day.

This study has been published in the December issue of the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, and gives more evidence to research which shows the importance of exercise to a number of health factors. It is becoming clear that regular physical activity may serve as a non-drug alternative to improve sleep. The findings demonstrate a link between regular physical activity and perceptions of sleepiness during the day. Therefore participation in physical activity on a regular basis may positively influence an individual's productivity at work, or in the case of students, their ability to pay attention in class. So getting regular exercise may be good for more than just helping you stay thin and keeping your heart healthy.

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Mandel News Service



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