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Can regular exercise treat insomnia?

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Regular exercise deepens sleep in young adults with or without sleep disorders.

Several studies show that exercise can improve sleep in older adults and people with cancer who have sleep problems, too.

Although consistent exercise has been shown to improve sleep quality, most experts advise exercising at least 3 to 4 hours before bedtime to avoid interference with sleep.

From: Alternative Treatments for Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

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