Morning dilemma: better to sleep or exercise?

Exercise and sleep are two healthy activities that compete for our time in the morning on weekdays. With increasing time spent on training, reduced sleep time among those who Wake up early before work, the authors report research in Sleep Health. Some physical activity during the day, in contrast to its absence, improves sleep.

A sleep study was focused on how lack of sleep affects overall health, but at some point we started to wonder what people do over time when they are awake, said the study’s lead author Dr. Mathias Basner (Mathias Basner) of the school of medicine Perelman University of Pennsylvania (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine) in Philadelphia.

The American Academy of sleep medicine and research Society sleep recommend seven hours of sleep per night, but more than a third of American adults said they sleep less.

We all have 24 hours a day, but for people who only sleep five or six hours, whether they are leading a healthy lifestyle or you sit in front of the TV eating chips? We tried to determine the actions that could be exchanged for increased sleep, said Basner.

In the study, the American Time Use Survey data were analyzed by running around 48000 men and women interviewed on weekdays between 2003 and 2016. The survey participants made notes about how they spent time during the previous 24 hours.

The researchers found that most of the time people have worked or travelled to work/from work; about 17% said that they trained. In General, prolonged operating time was associated with short sleep and low levels of physical activity. At the same time those who wasted their time in training, slept on average 15 minutes less. In fact, sleep time decreased due to increase time for physical activity.

The strong link between exercise and sleep were observed among people who trained with 6 to 8 a.m. or from 9 to 11 PM. Hour morning or evening exercise was not associated with a significant reduction of sleep.

We have also identified a link between family income, educational level and time for sleep. Overall, with higher earnings and higher education the time is less and the probability of exercise is higher.

Scientists were surprised to find that, contrary to the advice not to exercise before sleep, during physical activity later at night sleep was sufficient. Exercise during the day, even shortly before bedtime that help you sleep deeper or sooner. Probably a lark is better to train before work, and owls at night.

The problem is that we can’t order people to work less, but we can look at habits before bed are usually watching TV, or in the morning, which is to ride to work and bringing myself up. This study shows that it is possible to train and to sleep, explained Mathias Basner.

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