Morning Exercise Improves Sleep
A study presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine has found that early morning exercise increases sleep quality.
The study, done by researchers from Appalachian State University and led by Scott Collier, PhD, FACSM, assistant professor, found that exercising at 7 a.m. resulted in deeper sleep and more REM sleep cycles, than exercising at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Nine adults were studied, including six men and three women. The participants worked out for thirty minutes on a treadmill at the appointed times, changing occasionally to clarify test results.
The 7 a.m. exercise routine produced 75 percent more deep sleep and 20 percent more sleep cycles.
Other research has found that many people do not get adequate sleep quality or quantity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has characterized lack of sleep quality and quantity an epidemic. This is especial true and worrisome for adolescents, who stay up late to text with friends or interact with the computer.
Chronic sleep shortage has been linked to Parkinson’s, dementia, cognition problems, depression, asthma, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and others.
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Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and a Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn our health around. As I drove home that night, I realized this knowledge should be available to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.”