Effects of Exercise on Sleep

When was the last time you sacrificed your sleep when you ran close to a deadline? Probably not too long ago. Sleep is one of the most neglected aspects of health, perhaps because many think the benefits out-weight the consequences. Inadequate sleep is now recognized as a contributing factor to many health conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes (Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School). Inadequate sleep is not the only problem, either. Poor sleep is  also a concern for many people.

Exercise can be helpful in getting better quality and increased amount of sleep. Leopoldino et al. investigated the effects of an exercise program based on Pilates Matwork on sleep quality over a 12 week period. The population, which had been sedentary prior to the study, experienced improvements in quality of sleep and even in overall quality of life (Leopoldino et al, 2013).

Different types and durations of exercise may have similar effects as well. So if you’re feeling short on time or stressed, do not sacrifice your sleep. Additionally, if the quality of your sleep is being compromised, make sure your exercise program is up to par.


“Sleep and Health” Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 4 April 2013 <http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/health&gt;

Leopoldino AAO, Avelar NCP, Passos GB, Santana NAP, Teixeira VP, de Lima VP, de Melo Vitorino DF. Effect of Pilates on sleep quality and quality of life of sedentary population. J Bodyw Mov Ther 2013; 17:5-10.



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