November 26, 2011 by staff 

BETTER SLEEP, Doing 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week significantly improves sleep quality, according to new research.

Exercise helps to improve daytime alertness as well as improving sleep quality by 65 per cent, the Oregon State University study showed.

Among the 2,600 men and women participating in the study, a significant proportion also reported fewer leg cramps at night (68 per cent less likely) and better concentration when tired (45 per cent decrease).

Author of the Mental Health and Physical Activity journal study, Brad Cardinal, explained: “Physical activity may not just be good for the waistline and heart, but it also can help you sleep.

“It may be easier when you are tired to skip the workout and go to sleep, but it may be beneficial for your long-term health to make the hard decision and get your exercise.”

Earlier this month, sleep expert Sammy Margo advised those having trouble sleeping to adopt a regular sleep-wake pattern “as bodies like predictability and rhythm”.

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