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  • Writer's pictureAtul Bothe

Exercise Boosts Sleep Quality for Women, Study Shows

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Sleep is a crucial aspect of our daily lives and can greatly impact our physical and mental well-being. Lack of proper sleep can lead to decreased energy levels, decreased productivity, and increased stress. On the other hand, a good night's sleep can boost our mood, improve cognitive function, and strengthen the immune system. Moreover, a consistent lack of sleep can increase the risk of developing long-term health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Hence, it is important to prioritize sleep and strive to get sound sleep regularly to maintain good health and well-being.

Importance of Sleep

A team of researchers from Japan, Canada, and Taiwan—led by Associate Professor Javad Koohsari from the School of Knowledge Science at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) sheds light on how physical activity can improve your sleep. The research team used a unique approach to measure the effect of replacing sedentary behavior or light exercise with moderate to intense physical activity on sleep quality.

The participants wore an accelerometer for seven days to track their physical activity levels and completed a sleep questionnaire afterward. The results were clear: women who swapped sedentary behavior for moderate to intense exercise had better sleep quality.

This study adds to the growing proof that exercise plays a crucial role in promoting a good night's sleep. Regular exercise, especially for women, can have a major impact on sleep quality. While more research is needed to understand the gender-based differences in sleep disorders, one thing is for sure: incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can help you catch those much-needed Z's. So, what are you waiting for? Get moving and start snoozing!

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