Exercise For 30 Minutes Or Try A Meditation.
Welcome to day 5 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.
You’re probably wondering, “What’s exercise doing in a sleep challenge?” Studies show that exercise helps many people fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Listen to your body — find a time of day and type of exercise that feels right for you.
How? Exercise can:
- Increase the amount of slow wave (deep) sleep you get
- Stabilize your mood
- Decompress the mind
Tonight try to incorporate 30 minutes of moderate physical activity before bed. Try walking, jogging, cycling, dancing, or jumping rope. Opt for something that gets your heart rate up, but start slow. If you’re not already exercising, start with 10 minutes per day and work your way up to 30 minutes. Our Workout From Home challenge also has plenty of ideas. Check them out here.
Don't have time to do squeeze this in tonight? You can try to fit in exercise into your days or evenings over the weekend. Tip: Pay attention to what time of day you exercise. Some people find that exercising close to bedtime keeps them awake longer. If you are one of those people, avoid strenuous activity within 3 hours before you go to sleep.
If you are not exercising tonight instead try a guided meditation or a sleep wind down exercise from Headspace.
Headspace PLUS also has plenty of resources including sleepcasts, sleep sounds, wind down exercises, guided meditations, and much much more to help you achieve and maintain restorative rest. Start a 1 year FREE subscription here (click JOIN NOW if you don't have an HNHN account).
Thank you for participating in this challenge. We hope it has helped you find Your Best Sleep yet! You can find more sleep resources in our community blogs as well here.
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