If you're struggling to get a good nights sleep then its time to throw on your running shoes and get yourself down to the gym. A new study has found a link between fitness levels and sleeping problems, meaning you shouldn't cancel the gym membership that you don't use enough just yet!
More than 8,000 men and women had their cardio-respiratory fitness tested when walking or running on the treadmill in four clinic visits every two years. Those who had let their fitness levels slide and were unable to exercise for as long on the treadmill were more likely to have trouble sleeping.The study, carried out by the University of Georgia, showed that the number of complaints about sleep quality rose by over eight per cent for each minutes decrease in running endurance.
Our Sleep Expert Dr.Nerina comments, 'Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress hormone levels (mainly adrenaline) thus enabling you to sleep more deeply. The American College of Sports Medicine guidelines recommend three or four sessions of aerobic exercise (swimming, cycling, jogging, fast walking) for 20-30min per week.'