Can walking help you sleep?

Living as a senior citizen comes with various challenges.  Some mornings I wake up with a pain I did not have the day before.  Other mornings, I find myself feeling a little anxious about an upcoming medical test, or just plain nervousness due to “who knows what?”

On occasion, my sleep is affected by nervousness (the latter occurrences).   I do find, however, that taking a 30 minute walk calms me down; makes my aches and pains more manageable, and I also sleep better during the night.

  • A recent study suggests that moving can enhance our sleep patterns, and,  in this case,  walking fits the bill.  It turns out that we do not have to work out strenuously in order to gain the benefit of a good night’s sleep.  Taking more steps during our monthly activity can give us better sleep quality. That’s welcome news for those of us who do not have the physical ability or time to do more intense routines.
  • In past posts we also learned that walking can help those of us with arthritis feel better and reduce pain.

Once again we find walking can be a nice tool to assist us with various issues and give us a better ‘wellness’ experience.  Take a look at the sources below for a refresher on how to utilize walking to help you feel better and sleep better.

Taking Steps in a Sleepier Direction,
Gretchen Reynolds, Phys Ed, Nov. 5, 2019, New York Times

 

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