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Exercise Your Way to Better Sleep

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. And when you regularly move your body, you feel better and sleep better. Numerous studies have shown that exercise improves sleep quality by positively impacting both the body and mind. When you engage in physical activity, your body releases endorphins and reduces stress hormones, which can contribute to a more relaxed state conducive to sleep. Consistent exercise helps regulate your body’s internal clock, known as the circadian rhythm, which plays a crucial role in determining when you feel awake and when you feel sleepy. This synchronization leads to better sleep and a more predictable sleep-wake cycle, but the timing of your exercise is important too. Vigorous exercise too close to bedtime might have a stimulating effect, making it harder to fall asleep. Aim to finish your workout at least a few hours before bedtime to give your body a chance to wind down. Exercise also helps combat conditions that can interfere with sleep, such as anxiety and depression by helping the brain cope better with stress. When we feel rested, problems might not seem as big and our ability to regulate our emotions comes more easily. Additionally, relaxation-focused activities like yoga or stretching can help relax both the body and mind, creating an optimal environment for restful sleep. Check out our class schedule to find lots of options for a vigorous workout or a stretchy slow flow to help you yoga your way to better health By making exercise a consistent part of your routine, you can pave the way to enjoying more restful and rejuvenating sleep. Better sleep means more energy and more energy means fewer excuses. Take the time to find the right balance for you and listen to your body. Your health and well-being depend on it. Be well. Kelsey Jones, DTR Registered Dietetic Technician Certified Yoga Instructor

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