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[10 Nov 2010 | No Comments | 3 views | Author: Dr. Andrew Weil]
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Here’s further proof that regular aerobic exercise can help middle aged and older adults overcome insomnia. Researchers at Northwestern University recruited 23 sedentary adults, mostly women of ages 55 and older, who had problems falling or staying asleep, to take part in a 16-week study. The participants were divided into three groups; the first group performed two 20-minute sessions of aerobic activity four times per week; the second group completed a 30 to 40 minute workout four times a week; the third group did not engage in any physical activity, but instead took cooking classes, attended lectures at museums or took part in other recreational or educational programs three to five times a week. Those who exercised reported that their sleep quality improved from “poor” to “good” and that the duration of their sleep lengthened as well. What’s more, the participants reported fewer depressive symptoms , more vitality and less daytime sleepiness than they had in the past. The study was scheduled for publication in the October, 2010, issue of Sleep Medicine .

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