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The Link between Exercise and Sleep

The Link between Exercise and Sleep

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A recent National Sleep Foundation poll, Sleep in America, shows that there is a link between exercise and improved sleep. In this study, which contained self-reported data, exercisers noted better sleep than non-exercisers, even though the length of sleep time was approximately the same (6 hours, 51 minutes on average). Differences between exercisers and non-exercisers was also quite different when asked about the quality of their sleep. More than three-fourths of exercisers reported good or fairly good sleep in the last two weeks, while only half of their non-exercising counterparts reported the same results. Good sleep likely does not compel us to exercise. But, exercise does lead to better sleep. Poor sleep makes us feel less motivated to workout the following day. Or, if we do workout, it’s often at a lower intensity than with a good night’s sleep. This can cause a vicious cycle of not exercising and not sleeping. Vigorous exercisers get the most benefit in the sleep department – they’re more likely to report a good night’s sleep and less likely to experience sleep issues (i.e., trouble falling or staying asleep). Sleepiness interferes with non-exercisers’ safety and quality of life. Nearly 15% of non-exercisers report difficulty staying awake while driving, eating, or interacting socially at least once a week in a two-week period. If you are prone to excessive sleepiness that is interfering with your life, make sure to visit your doctor, as this can be a symptom of a more serious health issue. What can you do to improve your sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, these tips can help: Exercise regularly! For more ways to make exercise part of your routine, read this blog article. Ensure your sleep area is quiet, dark, and cool. Practice relaxation as part of your bedtime ritual. Go to sleep and wake at the same time each day. Expose yourself to sunlight in the morning, but avoid it in the evening. Keep a worry journal next to the bed to release worries that come to mind during the night. Move into another room and try relaxing activities until you feel tired again if you can’t sleep. If you need help incorporating more exercise into your daily routine to experience better sleep, contact me. I’d love to help you realize all of the benefits of exercise!   This photo courtesy of janandjan and licensed under Creative...

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Energizing or Draining? Your Personality Will Tell

Energizing or Draining? Your Personality Will Tell

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While there is not one personality type that will be successful at exercise, there are some types that will have it easier than others. For instance, certain personality traits make it more natural to consistently exercise or to exercise at more intense levels. Motivating factors also vary by personality type. Reducing stress seems to be associated with certain trait factors while others have social or physical reasons for exercising.  There’s even a set of traits that some individuals have that exercise simply because they like it! As we discussed in our previous blog, personality has five factors according to Centacs: Need for Stability – how we respond to stress Extraversion – how social we are Originality – how open we are to change and new experiences Accommodation – how easily we defer to others Consolidation – how success and goal driven we are Depending on your personality characteristics, you could be high or low on each of the above scales. It might be helpful to think of each personality factor as a straight line between two opposite characteristics, for instance, introversion and extraversion. Your individual characteristics determine where you will fall along that line. Where you fall on the scale does not necessarily imply that you can’t be successful at an activity or exercise. However, you may find certain activities more energizing or draining depending on your individual characteristics. If you are drained by certain activities, you may need to compensate temporarily in order to complete the activity. Or, you may find it easier to switch the activity for something that is more comfortable for you. For example, an extravert may be at ease in a pack of runners during a group run. However, an introvert may not. The introvert could expend a lot more mental energy in order to stick with a group run. They might have more success and be more comfortable replacing social activities, like a group run, with a solo run or yoga class. Personality is mainly set at a very young age. So, there’s not too much you can do to change it. However, you can learn what energizes and drains you. Keep an eye out for an upcoming seminar that will discuss your individual characteristics and how to apply this knowledge to bring out the best in your personal and professional life!   Photo courtesy of hang_in_there and licensed under Creative...

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