g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Walking Site

BellaOnline's Walking Editor


Walking to Improve Sleep

Guest Author - Elizabeth Brennan

Sleep is a precious gift. It has wonderful restorative properties and we need adequate sleep nightly to restore our bodies. According to statistics twenty five per cent of people suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Many people have difficulty falling asleep or difficulty in sleeping for the full night. If you are not getting proper sleep you will be stressed and unable to perform your daily tasks as you should. Sleep deprivation will make you more prone to diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. It is in your best interest to improve the length and quality of your nightly sleep.

The amount of sleep we need depends on age. Babies need about sixteen hours sleep per day and some adults need as little as five hours sleep but the average is seven to eight hours. When you are properly rested you are in a better mood, enjoy life more, perform your daily tasks with more vigour and reduce the chances of having accidents.

A daily walk is a simple and easy solution to the problem of disturbed sleep. If you suffer from restlessness or insomnia, walking on a regular basis will help improve the situation. Exposure to sun and fresh air helps us to sleep better.

Walking is an excellent form of aerobic exercise. Walking at least three times a week for at least thirty minutes per day will help you sleep longer and help you fall asleep more easily. However do not walk too close to bedtime. As exercise energises you it is better to walk in the morning or early to late afternoon. In that way your body will be in a relaxed state before bedtime.

Exercise produces a rise in temperature. After exercise your temperature continues to drop for some hours. It is this rise and fall in body temperature which facilitates falling asleep. Walking allows a smoother transition from one phase of sleep to another and allows you to spend more time in the deeper stage 4 sleep. In addition the muscle fatigue in your legs after walking acts as a tranquilizer and helps you fall asleep more quickly.

When you walk choose an interesting route. Be alert to what is going on around you. Listen for sounds, observe birds and animals. Change your route regularly so you do not get bored. Greet and talk to other walkers when you can. Behaving in this way stimulates your brain which in turn is another aid to better sleep.

Having a hot bath at the end of the day will relax you before sleep and avoid alcohol and caffeine before bedtime as they are both stimulants and will undo any benefits gained from your walk.

Enjoy your walk and sleep well!
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to Twitter Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to Facebook Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to MySpace Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to Digg Walking+to+Improve+Sleep Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to Yahoo My Web Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to Google Bookmarks Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to Stumbleupon Add Walking+to+Improve+Sleep to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Walking Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Elizabeth Brennan. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Elizabeth Brennan. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Anatomy of the Foot

Walking with Pets

Speed Walking for Weight Loss

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor