Weight Training Improves Sleep Quality

Inadequate sleep and poor sleep quality are linked to premature death, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and abdominal obesity. Regular endurance training improves sleep quality. Scott Collier, Jessica Alley and co-workers from Appalachian State University in North Carolina found that weight training helped people go to sleep faster and improved sleep quality. When they trained (morning, afternoon or evening) had no effect on sleep structure or nighttime blood pressure. People need six to eight hours of good-quality sleep per night for optimal health. They concluded that weight training might be particularly beneficial for promoting sleep in people with bone or muscle loss, and those with psychological disorders. (Journal Strength Conditioning Research, 29: 1378-1385, 2014)

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