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Exercising outside during the day improves sleep
Sleep is crucial to almost every aspect of your health. The better you sleep, the longer you can live. But how can you ensure that your sleep quality improves? Korean researchers from Nambu University have found a dirt-cheap method that is also guaranteed to have hardly any side effects: jogging or walking outside for 30 minutes during the day.
At the end of each week, the researchers measured how much the men slept and how quickly it took them to fall asleep after getting into bed. The shorter this time, the better the quality of your sleep.
The researchers also took measurements after a week in which the students did not go outside and did not eercise [Control].
The combination of daylight and movement halved the time it took the students to fall asleep after they got into bed.
The researchers also questioned the students about the quality of their sleep using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. This is a scale on which you score lower the better the quality of your sleep. If you score below 5, the quality of your sleep is good. If you score higher, then it isn't.
Sleep quality was best if the men were physically active for an hour each day in daylight.
Early in the morning, the researchers measured the concentration of melatonin in the subjects' blood. It was higher after the week that the subjects had exercised in daylight.
That was in line with expectations. The better you sleep, the higher the concentration of melatonin in your blood just before, during and just after you sleep. [The better your sleep quality, the lower the melatonin concentration during the day.]