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Exercise leads to better sleep

Among the benefits for IHRSA members is Health E-Review. The every-other-week, members-only online publication is a mix of tips, suggestions, studies and more on how to live a healthier life. 

Last week IHRSA Health Promotion Manager Alexandra Black wrote a column on the benefits of exercise for one's sleep, for National Sleep Awareness Week. While that was last week (March 3-10), the information, obviously, is good all year round.

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To read the column, read on.

It's National Sleep Awareness Week! Sleep Foundation Survey Results Show the Benefits of Exercise

By Alexandra Black

The week of March 3rd - March 10th marks National Sleep Awareness Week, a public education campaign of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) to promote the importance of sleep. Studies have shown that people who get enough sleep are at lower risk for obesity, and that lack of sleep may promote more unhealthful food choices. Now, the annual Sleep in America poll released by the NSF show that exercise may be key in promoting good sleep. 

The 2013 Sleep in America poll focused on the relationship between exercise and sleep. According to the results, regular exercisers tend to sleep better, and those who did vigorous exercise slept the best. People who didn't exercise at all reported being the sleepiest and were at higher risk for sleep apnea, a breathing disorder associated with obestiy. In addition, those who spent less time sitting during the day reported better sleep and better health. 

The National Sleep Foundation recommends regular exercise any time during the day as one of several steps to promote good sleep. Learn more about the poll and National Sleep Awareness Week at



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