Insomnia is a nightmare for many people today! While most people’s work these days consist of “using our brains” more than “using our bodies”. It’s not hard to understand why not being able to sleep is becoming so prevalent. We sit in front of screens during the day to complete our work and tasks. Sometimes having to work overtime and often spending over 10 hours thinking throughout the day. When it comes time to sleep, all of these stresses and pressures keep us awake. Suffering from insomnia, dragging our tired bodies out of bed the next morning only to repeat the same cycle again the next day.
A good night’s sleep is crucial for our body to repair itself. If we don’t get the proper rest required, after a long period of time, we risk serious damage to our body and mind. But our daily pressures to keep up and survive are unavoidable. Our working habits must conform to and are influenced by society. If we can’t change the way in which we work, what changes can we make when our bodies can’t get its’ proper rest and at the same time counter insomnia?
Try Exercise to Counter Insomnia
There are many different causes and ways to counter insomnia, some experts propose dietary treatments, some use sleeping pills or melatonin, others seek hypnosis, white noise etc. But the least used, most accessible and easiest method is to increase the amount of exercise.
The body is a very smart regulating machine. When it’s resources are depleted, it will send out signals to replenish its energy reserves. So while we deplete our energy stores when performing different activities, we need sleep to allow the body time to repair and rejuvenate itself. Due to our work habits, the waking hours don’t allow our bodies time for enough exercise and our energy is not depleted which makes it harder to sleep at night. Coupled with our daily pressures, gradually this will lead to problems such as insomnia or very shallow sleep. The best way to counter this is to do some light exercises during our waking hours to increase our depletion of energy stores. This will allow the body to send signals that we need to rest, enhance sleepiness and decrease the onset of insomnia.
The National Sleep Foundation has conducted extensive research and found that moderate and periodic exercise (walking, jogging) can shorten the time it requires to fall asleep and reduce the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) state of the sleep cycle (shallow sleep, dreaming stage). This will increase the deep sleep portion of sleep in which the body repairs itself and also help improve the quality of sleep.
Regarding REM and the sleep cycle, please refer to the article: Experts Confirm that the Nightcap Before Bed is the Key to Sleep Quality
No Time to Exercise Start by Standing Up to Combat Insomnia
Sitting at your desk is the way most people are used to working. But not only will sitting for prolonged periods of time affect our health, it directly affects our sleep! The National Foundation of Sleep found in their 2013 survey that respondents who sat less than 8 hours a day indicated they had better quality of sleep than those that sat for over 8 hours a day.
If you also need to sit for long periods, use your cell phone to remind you for every 30 minutes of work to stand up and walk around for 5 minutes. This may have a positive impact on your health and sleep.
Using Exercise to Reduce Insomnia is Good Practice, But the Right Timing is Also Key
Moderate exercise can improve health and sleep quality, but exercise will also increase body temperature which will slowly decrease over six hours after exercising. Fluctuations in body temperature will affect the quality of sleep. Elevated temperatures keep the body alert and active, while lower body temperatures help induce sleep. If routine dictates exercising at night, it’s recommended that you finish exercising 3 hours before going to sleep. This will allow the body enough time to decrease it’s temperature and will not affect sleep.
In summary, allow the body to deplete it’s energy during the day so that you can sleep better at night. Artificer’s brand ambassador Hsu Shu-ching will wear our sports necklaces and bracelets to enhance her body’s coordination and exhaust herself during her daily weightlifting training. Then will sleep right after training. The included anion benefits in the product will also help to regulate autonomic nervous system functioning which may further aid in sleep quality thus allowing the body enough rest so she’s ready for tomorrow’s training session.
Start with exercise to reduce insomnia. At the same time you can consider wearing sports necklaces or bracelets to enhance your exercise sessions. This will deplete your bodily resources and allow the body to naturally send signals to rest that will welcome better quality sleep.
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