Moderate Aerobic Exercise Can Lead to Good Quality Sleep

Not enough can be said about the importance and health benefits of getting consistent, quality sleep at any age.

Many of the regenerative functions of the body occur when we are sleeping. Migraines increase in those who don’t sleep well. Immune function can be compromised and fatigue and depression are also associated with poor sleep.

A recent study a Northwestern University, studied the effects of aerobic exercise, in people 55 of age and older.  This particular age group often has chronic insomnia.

After 4 months of moderate aerobic exercise, the researchers found that, this group of people suffering from chronic insomnia:

  • Fell asleep and stayed asleep significantly faster
  • Reported less depression
  • Had less day time sleepiness
  • Felt more vital and energetic

Other studies of the effects of aerobic exercise in similar age groups have also shown that aerobic exercise may protect brain function as well. 

Get your loved ones who may be a bit too sedentary, to start doing moderate aerobic exercise at least 5 times a week.  Something as moderate as a 20 minute walk at a reasonable pace, would be excellent.

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

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