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Physical activity and sleep: how they are related
Regular physical activity can help fight sleep disorders

Sleep disorders affect around 45% of the world population. Poor-sleep nights entail decreased concentration and productivity and can cause conditions such as hypertension and diseases such as diabetes. The good news is that it is possible to fight these problems with a physical exercise routine. About 10 minutes daily of aerobic activities such as running, biking or even hiking are enough to avoid sleep disorders. Continue reading to know everything there is to know about this topic!

One of the most common disorders is sleep apnea. Beside clinical evaluation, polysomnography (sleep test) can be indicated to diagnose sleep apnea. To this end, physicians should ask their patients questions about routine and details of sleep-related family setting

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The Biologix Sleep Test is a Type 4 polysomnography with four channels -O2 saturation, heart rate, actigraphy, and snoring (using the cell phone microphone). It is a simple, user-friendly test to be conducted at home, used by healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Before going to sleep for the night, just place the sensor on your finger and start the test on the Biologix App. Upon waking up, click on “end test” to get the result immediately.

There is unanimity about engaging in physical activities –a key factor for longevity- to improve health and quality of life, thus decreasing the risk for developing chronic diseases. As we are now aware, physical activity is important and very beneficial for health. Physical activity releases hormones that are important against depression, increase in 37% or more the period of sleep in case of chronic insomnia, help losing weight, and provide a pleasurable feeling due to substances released in our body.

Too little sleep directly affects activities that require concentration, causes memory problems, increases irritability, nervousness, and stress. It eventually impairs bodily functions. On the other hand, studies have shown that a daily routine of physical exercise prolongs sleep time, since it lowers stress levels and increases physical tiredness.

Physical exercise should be ideally practiced in the morning or afternoon. According to specialists, this allows to take advantage of periods when we have more stamina, since this is when the endorphin (the well-being hormone) production, which decreases after nightfall, is at its peak. In addition, practicing high-intensity activities in the evening can have the opposite effect and even disturb sleep.

Another aspect that favors morning or afternoon exercise is the slight elevation of bodily temperature, which increases muscle efficiency and, therefore, physical exercise efficiency.

Those who are physically active fall asleep more promptly, can relax and rest, get deeper, less fragmented and better quality sleep, have more stamina, concentrate more easily, perform better, lose weight, and as a consequence, enjoy improved quality of life.

Do not take sleep medications without medical advice, since this can have severe consequences and lead to other health problems.

See how important it is to be physically active? Waste no time, rise and shine!

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this blog aims at assisting you in your education and is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. Only physicians and dentists can diagnose diseases and prescribe treatments and medication. Thank you for visiting our website.

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