Get Moving for Better Sleep
Even a short walk may improve your sleep. For four weeks, 59 middle-aged men and women wore activity trackers to measure how much they moved. Every day, they rated their previous night’s sleep on a scale of 1 to 10 and reported how many hours they slept. Researchers assessed their shut-eye with a more extensive questionnaire at the start and end of the study. They found that, over the month, more movement meant better sleep, especially for the women. Participants walked an average of 7,259 steps—over 3 miles—a day. More active participants reported better, though not longer, sleep. Even small increases in steps improved sleep quality, which can boost overall health.
Source: Sleep Health, October 2019