Sleep, on the face of it may be look trivial, and it is taken for granted by many people. But it is in fact one of the most essential areas of health. Not only does it relieve you of fatigue, but it has been shown to prevent certain diseases from developing like cancer and heart disease. So getting enough sleep is vitally important.
Exercise helps you do this, in this hectic world with precious little time. It even helps cure or reduce some sleep disorders like insomnia, which is just one of the many benefits exercise gives to you.
Here are four ways that exercise helps you to sleep:
1. Makes you tired
What do you do when you are tired? You go to bed. Exercise burns a lot of calories and energy working the muscles. This requires that you eat and eventually go to bed for a sound sleep.
Sleep becomes better the more tired you are. The sleep cycles becomes deeper, longer, and more abundant, so that even more repairs and regeneration is carried out in the body, making you feel more refreshed when you wake up.
2. Relieves stress
One of the major factors and symptoms of many sleep disorders is the person always being stressed or anxious. Stress and anxiety makes it harder for you to sleep.
Exercise helps relieves you of this stress and anxiety, making it easier for you to sleep.
3. Releases chemicals
When you are exercising, endorphins and other hormones are released into the blood that make you feel excited. When you finish exercising, these hormones and many more that are released later, sedate and calm you, so that you become relaxed.
This relaxation effect makes it easier for you to fall asleep quicker, and to sleep better.
4. Improves blood flow
When blood is not flowing properly around your body, your body becomes stressed, causing it to release the stress hormone cortisol. This in turn makes your mind stressed, so that you become anxious and worried, making sleep more difficult.
Also the pain or discomfort that your body may be feeling during this time, makes it harder for you to sleep.
Exercise improves the flow of blood to different parts of the body, relieving stress and relaxing you, and as previously said, relaxation makes it easier for you to fall asleep.