The Symbiotic Relationship of Sleep and ExerciseWednesday, October 12, 2016
Important Tips to Help with Your Sleep Cycle For RLS sufferers, it is oftentimes nearly impossible to fall and stay asleep. Many have r...
Important Tips to Help with Your Sleep Cycle
For RLS sufferers, it is oftentimes nearly impossible to fall and stay asleep. Many have reported to the Foundation that they get as little as 2-4 hours of sleep per night. When the recommended amount of sleep is 7-9 hours each night, such little sleep can have debilitating effects on waking life.
However, it is recommended for those with RLS to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, as regular exercise can significantly improve and stabilize the sleep cycle. Studies from the National Sleep Foundation have continuously shown us that:
- Exercise reduces stress and tires us out, allowing us to have a longer and better quality sleep
- Sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy cost millions in medical costs and disrupt work and social lives
- Those that exercise report getting a better quality of sleep than those who do not, and are less likely to have sleep issues
Meditation, yoga or light stretching are great options for easing RLS symptoms before bed, as they can help settle both the mind and body. Additionally, the Foundation's Sleep Diary is a great resources to help find sleep cycle patterns and potential RLS triggers.
Other suggestions for getting a good night's sleep include avoiding technology before bed, sticking to a consistent schedule and cultivating a relaxing evening ritual for yourself. Remember to refrain from any activity that your doctor has specifically told you to avoid. Read more about healthy lifestyle habits for RLS sufferers on our website.
Check out the original article about sleep and exercise and its great infographics at CapeCod.com.