A new study found that individuals who participated in strenuous exercise before hitting their gel memory foam mattress at night had a better nights rest than those who didn’t.
The study followed 52 Swiss high school aged students who were active in sporting events 2-3 times per week. These students continued their normal routines by playing their sport of choice for 65-90 minutes in the evening hours and ending approximately 1.5 hours prior to bedtime. All students reported their mood and hunger levels before going to bed and slept with a sleep-EEG to monitor the overall quality of their sleep that night.
Results May Surprise You
The results may come as a surprise to some.
Those who had participated in sporting activities:
- Fell asleep faster
- Slept more soundly
- Woke less throughout the night.
- This group also reported better moods and less hunger in the morning as well as before bed.
The downside of the survey is that it is somewhat inconclusive. The test group studied was only young adults, not adults of all ages, and the group was only studied for one night. This means that because this group had a particular set of results does not mean exercise before bed is a good idea for older adults, and that the group studied may have different sleep patterns if studied on a regular basis.
Experts say the study may be different for those who suffer from insomnia or have other sleep problems, and that those people should still be cautious when exercising before bed. Exercise does increase endorphins and gets the mind and body going, and if you already suffer from sleep problems, this could complicate the issue.
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