Sleep is an important part of daily activity. At the end of a long day the mind and body go to rest and the body recharges the batteries in preparation for a new day. However, stressful living which is very common today owing to tight schedules and serious financial constraints more often than not contributes to poor quality sleep with the result that you cannot quite perform to capacity.
Why poor sleep is considered unhealthy?
For many people this problem has been on going and they shrug it off as something normal. Well it is not normal and is a major factor in many accidents around the world today. While this too may seem a distant fact, you might be surprised to find that sleep deprivation is the leading cause of accidents worldwide. Many times the accident does not happen because you nodded off but rather because you were inattentive owing to sleep deprivation, your mind wandered.
For men the problem is even more debilitating a spoor sleep is known to be major factor in reduced libido. While your sex drive could be causing great stress in your marital life, the cause of this could be as simple as poor sleep. You will want to note that science has found that men who suffer from poor sleep generally also excrete less testosterone at night hence the low sex drive. These are just some of the problems that poor sleep can cause.
Exercise as a solution for poor sleep
While you may be in good shape, you might want to reconsider the need to exercise if you are one of many people who suffer from insomnia or any of the common sleep disorders. This should be considered very exciting news given that insomnia is a relatively common problem that is reported to affect 10-40% of adults in parts of the world. This article should be given due attention given that numerous studies have shown that the degree and persistence of insomnia is likely increase with age among people diagnosed. For this reason, if you have the problem off and on in middle age, it is very likely to persist if not worsen as you age. The main mode to deal with insomnia remains the use of medicine and in many cases these drugs are known to slightly addictive.
Ina study on insomnia and how exercise can be used to deal with problems of poor sleep, it was found that regular exercise is in fact an ideal solution. Findings indicated that among the benefits one can gain from regular exercise include taking a shorter duration before falling asleep and enjoying deeper sleep regularly. In a study of 570 research papers that focused on insomnia and poor sleep, 6 were chosen for their accuracy in discussion and method used to evaluate this hypothesis. In general all studies pointed to the same conclusion, increased exercise can reduce effects of insomnia and use of medication to improve sleeping patterns.
Yang, P., Ho, K., Chen, H., & Chien, M. (2012). Exercise training improves sleep quality in middle aged and older adults with sleep problems: a systematic review. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58, 157-163.