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Do you have trouble falling asleep or do you wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to fall back asleep? Insomnia is a common problem that takes a toll on your energy, mood, health and ability to function during the day. Chronic Insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems, but many people find small changes can make a big difference to their sleep habits.
Exercise works best for insomnia if you are consistent with your exercise programme. Consistency is key when it comes to exercising, and not only in order to relieve your insomnia. It is important not to over-do it in the gym as doing too much can actually have an adverse effect and will cause your insomnia to worsen. It is also important to be patient; the improvements won’t happen overnight. The sooner you get into your exercise routine, the quicker you will start to notice results, so just go for it and make a start. Exercise also helps sleep quality. Those who exercise report that their sleep quality improves when they keep up with a regular exercise programme.
Healthy routines are emotionally reassuring as they keep you in touch with the repeating cycles of life. If you are an insomniac you will be off-cycle, both physically and emotionally. Anything you can do to bring some consistency into other aspects of your life, other than sleeping, may help your insomnia as a side effect.
The key with any exercise programme is to begin slowly and to try get a little exercise in most days of the week. The time of day doesn’t matter, you can exercise early in the morning or later in the evening, just once you exercise consistently. If you have a busy schedule, try breaking up your exercise routine into two smaller segments; for example a 20-minute moderate workout in the morning and a 15 minute walk in the evening.