Insomnia Treatment: Get Some Exercise!

Florence Cardinal Health Guide
  • Exercise: A Nature Cure for Your Insomnia

    Studies have shown that exercise helps both physical and mental health. If you suffer from insomnia, exercise may be just the thing to improve your sleep. Done earlier in the day, perhaps just after lunch, or even after you get off work, it helps to tone and tire the body and the quality of your sleep will improve.


    Exercise is good for you in so many ways. It tightens and tones your body, helps in weight loss and improves your mood. It doesn't matter if you glow with health or suffer from any of the various sleep disorders and chronic diseases that plague mankind. Exercise will improve your life.

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    Although your muscles hurt and you feel exhausted, exercise is possible with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. Research shows that FMS/CFS sufferers who exercise experience a decrease in symptoms. If you're a thyroid patient trying to lose weight, there is an absolute need for exercise.


    If you suffer from asthma, exercise is an important part of maintaining good health, as long as you are careful to choose activities that won't aggravate the illness. Experts agree that exercise is one of the best remedies for stress. If you suffer from Panic or Anxiety Disorder, you will find that exercise elevates your mood and helps you cope with stress and anxiety.


    But what about those with more disabling illnesses? How can they exercise?

    Exercising When You're Disabled

    Exercise may not always be an easy choice, but neither should it be deemed impossible. Everyone can exercise in some way, depending on his or her health and abilities. I have a reader who suffers from severe sleep apnea and has been using CPAP for several years. She is also overweight, but she manages to swim a few laps every day and says how much she misses it when, for some reason, she has to miss a day.


    Exercise is essential for people with arthritis. A report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that aerobic exercise can help to lift depression and this pilot study also suggests that it may work faster than antidepressant drugs in treating depression. This is encouraging for seniors who suffer from depression and for those who care for them. Even pregnant women can benefit from exercise.


    There are no limits when it comes to exercise. One of the most important aspects of life with a disability might be maintaining emotional health. Exercise can improve your moods, help you sleep and decrease depression. Exercise is also important for wheelchair users, people with arthritis and the sight and hearing impaired.


    Studies have shown that regular exercise significantly increases life expectancy and improves overall health. The easiest and way to get a workout is to take a daily walk.


    Even people who are receiving cancer treatments can benefit from exercise. Studies show that exercise has a positive effect on physical, functional, psychological and emotional health.


    Exercise shouldn't be a chore. It should be fun and relaxing, something you look forward to doing every day. If you can't manage an exercise plan, even some of your chores give you exercise, like vacuuming, mowing the lawn walking up stairs and playing with your children.


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    Exercise is such an important part of maintaining physical and mental health. Exercise is a basic part of life and it's not difficult to add it to your day. Even half an hour divided into two segments will be beneficial.


    Exercise is for everyone - young, old or disabled. Why not get some today? You'll feel better, look better and sleep better.

Published On: June 10, 2008