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Sunshine and Exercise Can Cure Insomnia

There is a connection between sunshine, exercise and insomnia.

Dr. Richard Allen of the John Hopkins Sleep Disorder Center works on the premise that sleep is controlled by the balance within the body of wakefulness and sleep.  Increasing alertness during the day should have a reciprocal effect on sleepiness at night.  Dr. Allen urges insomniacs to spend at least 20 minutes in the sun first thing in the morning.  “Sunlight early in the day advances circadian clocks, making people feel alert earlier,” he points out.

He also recommends daily exercise.  Studies show that 15 to 30 minutes of strenuous exercise, such as walking or stretching, about two hours before bedtime alters what is typically a quiet time for insomniacs.  Patients are expected to get up at the same time every morning no matter how sleepy they are. 

“No naps, and don’t even think about doing anything in a horizontal position during the day,” Dr. Allen warns his patients.  If they get drowsy during the day, they are to stand up and move around.  Of 51 patients in a study, 11 dropped out within the first two months, and 39 had been significantly helped by the end of a year –all these with no sleeping pills or even a warm glass of milk.

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  1. That was extremely interesting. My question is how do you know you are an insomniac.

  2. Delkin42, If a person is having difficulty sleeping on a regular basis, he could be an insomniac. Perhaps this could help, it explains the causes of it.
    http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/the-elusive-sleep/

    thanks for stopping by. :)

  3. Dont know about the sunshine,but the working out makes you sleep very well.I just started working out and I sleep much better.An interesting article though I really havent slept to good since I hit 40 seven years ago.

  4. Exercise definitely makes you sleepier at night. Right now I am falling asleep then again it’s almost 2am, but that happens to me when I workout regularly. Some weeks I work out one day yes and one day no and it takes me longer to fall asleep. But I am not an insomniac. Great informative article. Thanks for the tip of the 20 minutes sunshine.

  5. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Get in a good work out and get a good night’s rest.

  6. Nice article. Precise and to the point. Honestly, I agree with Payge, I don’t know if Sunshine helps, but exercise does!

    _Ex-Insomniac.

    cheers,
    Kaavs

  7. Interesting article, I have the opposite problem, I could easily fall asleep at any time of day.

  8. lol, Believe me if you spend 15 to 20 minuts exercising in this phoenix sunshine then lay or even sit down, you are going to go to sleep whether you want to or not.
    Loved your article.

  9. I have endured my waking hours to this point in time I suppose. This article definitely opens my mind to try other alternatives. Well written, Athena.

  10. This is good. I must try being in the sun.

  11. sunshine makes me sleep, cause I go to bed at 8 in the morning..LOl.. Kidding aside you have a well presented article with nice points.

  12. A very nicely written article with some good points.I do my best to avoid the sunshine but has nothing against exercizing in any form.

  13. very well written.. thanks for sharing! =)

  14. Exercise is a good route to take for a peaceful rest.

  15. Thanks for sharing helpful information

  16. A good day’s hard work will certainly make sleep well. A day of inactivity just won’t work.

  17. The sunshine definitely works!

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