Glamour – 06 October 2014 – Why you need to get moving
Exercise is the single known thing you can do to boost energy during the day and improve the quality of your sleep at night.
Lunchtime is gym time – Research from Stockholm University shows that exercise increases productive so much, it makes up for the time spent out of the office. The Swedish scientist say that the best time to go is midday.
At night, stretch, don’t sweat – Avoid aerobic exercise within 2 hours of bed – it’s stimulating, making it harder to sleep.
Say thank you – “The number on thing I’ve found that helps insomniacs is doing a simple gratitude exercise” says Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, who has a sleep clinic at Nightingale Hospital. “When you get into bed, think of five good things that happened today. perhaps you got a seat on a busy train, received a sweet text from a friend, or did work you’re proud of. Listing reasons to be grateful drops your stress levels almost immediately.”
Good rest tops poor sleep – “The more you pressure yourself to sleep, the less likely you are to actually fall asleep” says Dr Ramlakhan. “So tell yourself ‘it doesn’t matter if you don’t sleep tonight, I’ll just use the time to rest’ and you’ll be surprised how quickly you get to sleep when you take the pressure off.”
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