Sleeping is our body’s way to rest and recover. Having a good sleep affects our overall productivity for the following day. It’s not only the duration of sleep that matters to have the energy for the next day but the quality of our sleep. Now that we know that having a restful sleep is what keep us pumped the whole day let us unravel a strategy to help us sleep soundly.
Doing physical activities as we know may exhaust our body and consume our energy. But little did we know, these activities help reduce stress levels and helps us have a better sleep at night. As these physical exercises use up our energy, our body also demands long hours of rest.
Running is one of the most effective ways of improving your sleep. It normalizes your sleeping and waking up pattern and helps reach the deep sleep where our body starts to repair. True enough that activities can also do these things, but based on studies, running has a good-different effect on our brain that links it to good sleeping habits.
Another factor is when we run; our body produces “happy” hormones. These happy hormones are known as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, testosterone, and progesterone. These hormones are reliable for your emotions and energy level. Progesterone, among all these hormones helps, regulates the sleep level the most.
The environment where you run can also contribute to the way you are sleeping and the quality of your sleep. Being able to run outdoors makes your body absorb sunlight. It is proven that a lack of vitamin D will lead you to sleep disorders, so getting your daily dose of sunlight while running is a good component for a peaceful nap. Also, as you run, your body temperatures goes up, and as it cools down, it signals your brain that it needs to rest, thus sleep.
Running can not only make you sleep better, but it also keeps you from having a sleep-related illness such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and insomnia. Insomnia tops the list of the as the number 1 sleeping disorder. It is caused by high-level of stress and excessive thinking and hormonal imbalance. Running could keep you from having insomnia it clears your head and helps you think better.
Sooner or later, you will notice the short-term and long-term effect of running. It helps you to function well and be productive. If running becomes a routine, it will not only improve your sleep but also your overall health. Running burns calories. Unwanted fats are being converted to energy, making you lose weight and feel better.
Letting your body have enough rest is a clear way of respecting it. In whatever way you can improve your sleep as long as it doesn’t cause you harm and you have consulted your doctor, do it! There are many ways to maintain a good sleeping habit and running is only one of it. Either way, doing something to love your body is always right, may it be as simple as listening to music alone or listening to music while running, you will surely have a good night’s sleep.