Kel­ly Baron is a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and renowned sleep researcher at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty in the Unit­ed States. For a long time she was a sup­port­er of the use of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty to improve the qual­i­ty of sleep, but the com­plaints of patients began to indi­cate oth­er­wise. Peo­ple have com­plained that they don’t sleep any bet­ter the night after an intense fit­ness ses­sion than they did before the sport. Dr. Baron decid­ed to take a clos­er look at the prob­lem.

Experiment results

The first study involved sev­er­al women and one man. Respon­dents were unit­ed by respectable age (from 60 years old), insom­nia and a seden­tary lifestyle. Some were told not to change their habits, for the rest, the sci­en­tists com­piled an exer­cise pro­gram of three to four half-hour ses­sions per week. Fit­ness lessons includ­ed exer­cis­es on a sta­tion­ary bike and a tread­mill. The peo­ple were observed for four months.

By the end of this peri­od, it turned out that phys­i­cal­ly active vol­un­teers sleep much stronger and almost an hour longer. They also not­ed that they feel more ener­getic and less sleepy.

Dr. Baron decid­ed to find out if such an effect appeared instant­ly. The response received was neg­a­tive. Halfway through the pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants not­ed that their insom­nia symp­toms had not dis­ap­peared. Some­times they slept very bad­ly and the next day they could not do all the exer­cis­es.

The exper­i­ment was not large-scale: only twelve peo­ple were involved in it, most of whom were women. How­ev­er, sci­en­tists tend to believe that the find­ings apply equal­ly to male ath­letes.

How does sleep health depend on training?

Sci­en­tists note that peo­ple with insom­nia dif­fer sig­nif­i­cant­ly in neu­ro­log­i­cal terms. Their ner­vous sys­tem is char­ac­ter­ized by a strong over­strain, which can­not be relieved with a one-time work­out or a short course of exer­cis­es. Intense fit­ness is a seri­ous stress for the human body and can impair the qual­i­ty of a night’s rest for a short time.

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Long-term train­ing pro­grams have a ben­e­fi­cial effect. By exer­cis­ing reg­u­lar­ly, a per­son damp­ens the body’s response to stress, mak­ing it feel the need to replen­ish strength through sleep.

So far, there have been no more detailed stud­ies exam­in­ing the influ­ence of var­i­ous types of loads, as well as the time of class­es. It is not known what will make a per­son sleep bet­ter — a morn­ing set or an evening work­out. But pre­lim­i­nary results clear­ly point to the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar exer­cise for insom­ni­acs. You should not expect an instant effect — it will appear no ear­li­er than in four months, but it will be stronger and safer than the result of tak­ing pills and herbal prepa­ra­tions.

By Yraa

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