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Study Finds Exercise May Reduce Insomnia Symptoms

October 4, 2010 by  

Study finds exercise may reduce insomnia symptoms   With the millions of dollars that are spent each year on sleep medication and doctor visits, it may seem that Americans are always looking for a better insomnia cure. However, researchers from Northwestern University have found that improving sleep may be simpler than most people think.

The results of their recent study show that moderate amounts of aerobic exercise may be enough to significantly improve insomnia symptoms.

Phyllis Zee, M.D., who led the investigation, said that eliminating insomnia is important because many areas of health depend on getting a good night's rest. Added to this is the fact that more than 50 percent of middle aged and older adults report symptoms of chronic insomnia.

She and her team found that as little as 20 minutes of aerobic exercise four times per week may be sufficient to significantly improve insomnia symptoms.

"This is relevant to a huge portion of the population," she said. "Around middle age, sleep begins to change dramatically. It is essential that we identify behavioral ways to improve sleep. Now we have promising results showing aerobic exercise is a simple strategy to help people sleep better and feel more vigorous."
 

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  • Byron

    PLD,
    No doubt that this is true, problem, many of us suffer from old (or age) injuries that limit daily exercise but the days when the aches and pains are not so bad, exercise is the ticket!

  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    Short, sweet and to the point. I’ve noticed anytime I back off on my exercise routine (such that it sometimes is ;-), I do have trouble getting to sleep. I had neglected exercising for the past 3 months or so (other than doing yard work and such), then last week I started up the exercise routine again and I’ve been drifting off to sleep much easier. I have been taking melatonin since Feb 2010 (started taking for migraines and have seen a huge improvement in number and intensitiy of migraines)and the melatonin does help…however, when I exercise I just seem to drift off to sleep easier and sooner and stay asleep until the dogs wake me in the morning.

    • libertytrain

      Fed Up – now that the babies are gone and back at their home, I’m back on the melatonin myself – sound sleep and intense dreams – love it – I was always afraid to take it when the little ones were here for fear I wouldn’t hear them.

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