Good Sleep is Just a Run Away
People who are sleep-deprived, especially those who have seasonal allergies, need not fret about getting at least several hours of good sleep. Even while suffering from allergies, they can still do things beyond what is expected.
Exercise and Sleep Problems
Doing exercises is associated with better sleep quality. Studies reveal that those who exercise a good two hours before going to bed, find it easier to sleep at night than those who do not.
This is because those who exercise regularly have more normal REM sleep than those who don't. This simply means that our bodies respond to its need to recover after running or working out in the gym. Although experts vary in opinion as to exactly why exercise helps promote better sleep they think that this could have something to do with the workout’s ability to help regulate the secretion of certain hormones involved in blood pressure management.
Another accepted study concluded that those who exercise more, perhaps five times a week, have no problem getting a good sleep than those who have a sedentary lifestyle.
Of course, if you already suffer from seasonal allergies you know that itching, sneezing, stuffiness and general discomfort don’t stop at bedtime. In fact, more than one-third of allergy sufferers say that their symptoms affect their sleep, and that it leads down to anxiety and reduced performance at work.
Keeping it basic won’t help. For allergy-prone individuals, keeping your house clean during allergy season is not enough. Some go as far as buying anti-allergy beddings and changing new mattresses and pillows, but sometimes, these things are not enough.
Hence, exercising, even light exercises such as walking and stretching, help the body load up on happy hormones that relax the mind and body during sleep. Unless you are an athlete with allergy, keeping it light would do the trick, some even run a good 15 minutes just for them to have a more conducive sleep at night. But always keep it within what your body can withstand.
Exercising at home also relieves us of our daily stress. Cortisol, the hormone that helps the body respond to stress, is kept under control through regular exercise. This means that the lower the level of cortisol is in our body is, the more relaxed we get. And of course, relaxation leads to rest, and even a good night's sleep.
Lastly, doing regular exercises boosts our immune system and thus keeps allergies at bay. So when you find it difficult to sleep at night during allergy season, find the time to work out a little. You’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time.