Exercise is not only great for your body and your mind, but it can also help you sleep better. Here’s how…

It helps you sleep deeper, for longer

Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase. In addition to improving the quality of sleep, exercise also can help you increase the duration of your nightly rest. These results have been replicated across all age groups, including teens, but are especially significant in older populations.

It reduces stress and anxiety

Being stressed is one of the most common reasons for disturbed sleep and it can cause both trouble falling asleep and restlessness during the night. Regular exercise reduces stress levels because it reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Instead, It stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.