If you’ve tried everything from drinking tart cherry juice to meditation to get a better night’s sleep but it hasn’t helped, maybe you need a new strategy. You’ve probably heard that exercise can help, but according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania, these workouts actually promote healthy sleep habits.
- Running - Lace up your sneakers and let your feet take away the stress negativity you’re dealing with as you clear your mind on a run. You might not think of a run as relaxing, but even just 20 minutes of running can get you tired without exhausting you. And it gets you in a calmer mind-set so you’re ready for restful sleep.
- Walking - Not all of us are runners, so how about a post-dinner walk instead? Your heart won’t be pumping as hard, but a brisk walk will get your blood flowing and help with digestion, too.
- Yoga - Some types of yoga are incredibly relaxing, but others, not so much. So if you’re heading to a class, make sure it’s not intense power yoga or Bikram, or just lead yourself through a simple flow at home to unwind at the end of the day.
- Weight lifting - It seems pretty intimidating if you’ve never tried it, but they say lifting can work for practically anyone. The workout can be scaled to your physical capabilities and while you’ll be sore the next day, you’ll get some good sleep that night.
- Gardening - You might not think of it as a workout, but the University of Pennsylvania researchers say it is. There is a lot of squatting and lifting in gardening, plus it’s peaceful and meditative. And not only does it make you tired, you get a lovely garden from all your hard work.