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  • Is sleep the secret to athletic success?

    Nov 12 2019...
    In a best-of-seven postseason playoff, the Washington Nationals rallied to become World Series champions last month. Their secret weapon? Sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Poor sleep tied to lower physical activity in people with PTSD

    Jul 21 2014...
    A new study suggests that poor sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    “We found that sleep quality was more strongly associated with physical activity one year later than was having a diagnosis of PTSD,” said lead author Lisa Talbot, postdoctoral fellow at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. “The longitudinal aspect of this study suggests that sleep may influence physical activity.” READ MORE>>
  • Running to sleep: Pictures of life

    Jan 15 2014...
    Smiling joggers and sleepers are everywhere - at least in stock photos. But are these pictures true to life? Maybe for some. But for others, these idealized images hide the struggles and frustrations of everyday life.

    What caption would you give to the picture of your sleep? READ MORE>>
  • Obesity decreases physical activity

    Mar 28 2013...
    Physical activity and its relation to obesity has been studied for decades by researchers; however, almost no one has studied the reverse – obesity’s effect on physical activity.

    So BYU exercise science professor Larry Tucker decided to look at the other side of the equation to determine if obesity leads to less activity. The findings, no surprise, confirmed what everyone has assumed for years. READ MORE>>
  • Increasing physical activity may improve sleep for menopausal women

    Mar 27 2013...
    Getting a good night's sleep isn't always easy for women at menopause. Exercise may help, but women can have a tough time carving out leisure time for it. The good news from a study published online today in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, is that higher levels of routine daily physical activity may be the more important key to a better night's sleep for many women who have hot flashes or night sweats.

    Although exercise is known to improve sleep for people in general, studies in menopausal women haven't been conclusive. That's why the researchers at the Pittsburgh site of the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) focused exclusively on women with hot flashes or night sweats and also drew the distinction between leisure time and household activity. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep in America 2013: Sleep & Exercise

    Mar 04 2013...
    While exercise can be an important contributor to your sleep health, a growing body of research suggests that you don’t need a high intensity, grueling workout to sleep better. Even small amounts of routine physical activity may improve your sleep and overall well-being.

    This is good news for the many Americans who are failing to exercise regularly. According to the CDC, about 25 percent of U.S. adults report no leisure-time physical activity. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep myths: Separating fact from fiction

    Oct 29 2012...
    Sleep is extremely important as we spend about a third of our life doing it. There is so much information out there about sleep it’s enough to make your head spin. Here, we dispel some of the common myths about sleeping. READ MORE>>
  • Exercise may help alleviate daytime effects of sleep apnea

    Aug 16 2012...
    A daily trip to the gym can help dampen the daytime misery due to sleep apnea, new research shows. A study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that a 12-week exercise program helped improve daytime functioning in a small sample of adults with sleep apnea. READ MORE>>
  • Exercise improves sleep apnea in overweight, sedentary adults

    Dec 02 2011...
    Exercise training may be beneficial for the management of sleep apnea in overweight patients who lead a sedentary lifestyle, according to a study in the December issue of the journal SLEEP. READ MORE>>
  • Sweating off insomnia works, study contends

    Sep 16 2010...
    The benefit of exercise for insomnia continues to be a hotly debated topic in the sleep research community. Recently, several high-profile reports have come to conflicting conclusions on whether a workout routine can promote sleep. READ MORE>>