- You will fall asleep faster
- A greater percentage of your sleep will be in the deep sleep stages
- You will wake up less frequently during the night
Exercise is particularly valuable for older people, as the benefits all counteract the negative effects of aging on sleep. Physically fit older men fall asleep in less than half the time of their sedentary counterparts.
A study at the University of Washington found that even those who already sleep normally benefit from adding exercise. Test subjects saw an increase in the amount of time spent in deep sleep when they added aerobic exercise a few times a week.
Why Does Exercise Benefit Sleep?
No one is really sure of the exact reasons why exercise has such a significant impact on sleep. There are probably a number of factors, which include: