O Sleep, Where Art Thou?

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Do you have trouble sleeping?  Is your energy level running low?  Then read on…

The clock says 2 am, and you’re awake again.  Night after night it’s the same story.  Good sleep just seems to escape you.  Is there any way to sleep soundly again?   You were probably exhausted when you went to bed, yet sleeping peacefully rarely happens.   Maybe you’re in the other boat and don’t even get really tired, but go to bed because it’s time — it’s just what you do every evening.

Although there are multiple reasons why people have difficulty sleeping at night, one very valid reason is just a plain lack of expending physical energy.  Whether you’re constantly drained or never feel physically fatigued enough to sleep, exercise may provide a good solution.

If an award was given for the most intended lifestyle habit, exercising would probably win the prize!  The reason that people intend to exercise is because it’s well known that it’s good for you.  It builds stronger bones, rehabilitates injuries, reduces weight and reshapes your body.  Exercise combats stress, elevates your mood and encourages good heart health.  In addition to all that, exercise helps you sleep more soundly. 

Many people claim they don’t exercise because they are too tired. But…Hmm…Exercise also gives you more energy… 

Alright, why is sleep so important? According to the www.mayoclinic.com “A good night's sleep can improve your concentration, productivity and mood. And you guessed it — physical activity is sometimes the key to better sleep. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. There's a caveat, however. If you exercise too close to bedtime, you may be too energized to fall asleep. If you're having trouble sleeping, you might want to exercise earlier in the day.”

Ultimately, the best time of day to exercise is the time that you will exercise.  It’s important to find the time of day that works well for you.  I personally prefer sometime between 10am-1pm optimally. I definitely see an increase in my energy level when I'm exercising regularly.  How about you?  Let me know what benefits you've received from regular exercise in the comments box below!

It’s pretty cool that one thing like exercise can solve two problems — no energy or no sleep — to extra energy and restful slumber.  Be careful, you might just find you have spare energy to serve others!

Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home.  She is a  Biblical Health Coach and Senior T-Tapp  Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp.  If you'd like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions!  Send an email to: kayla@t-tapp.com or visit her website: www.kaylahoward.com

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