How Strength Training Improves Sleep
By adding resistance training into your exercise regimen you will also help alleviate insomnia and increase your sleep quality; here’s what you need to know:
A direct connection
Science suggests a definite link between getting plenty of exercise and getting better sleep—and even helping to alleviate insomnia. Even a regimen of 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day will help improve the quality of sleep. Weightlifters, and other athletes note a direct connection between strength training and sleep.
Creating physical changes
When we strengthen our muscles our bodies undergo physical changes that help us to better cope with life’s stressors and which also means our bodies are able to produce better quality sleep. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, lifting weights, or resistance training, provides health benefits, such as helping to regulate vital bodily functions like resting glucose metabolism, blood pressure and metabolic rate. These all contribute to stress reduction and better quality nights of slumber.
Not only does weight training take credit for helping you sleep better, some experts also say it helps you fall asleep faster and even sleep more deeply; this is because muscle growth and deep sleep are interdependent. For example, when you sleep deeply, it aids your body’s hormone balance, which in turn helps the repair and growth of muscle. In fact, “sleep itself encourages tissue repair and growth and is a necessary and continual healing process.”