Here’s a brief look at the benefits of exercise for those struggling with insomnia (from my weekly American Academy of Sleep Medicine Journal) the number one sleep disorder. The importance of good sleep cannot be overstated – which is one reason I keep stating it with these references! No good sleep, no good dreaming; no good dreaming, no lucid dreaming. You get the drift.
STUDY OBJECTIVES: We aimed (1) to investigate the effect of a 12-week exercise training on sleep quality and heart rate variability in middle-aged and older adults with poor sleep quality and (2) to examine the factors associated with the improvements in sleep quality and heart rate variability parameters.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicated that moderate-intensity exercise training had a beneficial effect on sleep quality and cardiac autonomic function. Middle-aged and older adults with poor sleep quality should be encouraged to engage in a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise training to improve their sleep quality and cardiac autonomic function.