Joel Callen

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Fri, 15 May, 2015

The ONE sleep mistake you’re probably making

The ONE sleep mistake you’re probably making

If you often find it hard to get a restful night’s sleep, you could be doing one simple thing wrong – not exercising enough. Researchers at the University of Georgia have spent 35 years analysing the health habits of over 8,000 men and women between the ages of 20 and 85. They found that when participants became less fit over time, they had trouble getting an uninterrupted night of sleep.

Just a 2 per cent decline in fitness for men, and 4 per cent for women led to sleep problems, according to the study. Rodney Dishman, PhD - one of the study’s lead authors – pointed out “the steepest decline in cardiorespitory fitness happens between ages 40 and 60.”

It’s unclear why there is a link between the amount of fitness of a person and their ability to get a good night’s sleep, but the researchers are encouraging people to do their best to get a minimum amount of recommended exercise each week. Walking briskly for several hours each week is a great place to start.

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