As little as a week ago, the ‘Journal of Sleep Science and Practice’ concluded that people with a stranger sense of purpose in life have fewer difficulties when sleeping as a older adult. Before reaching this conclusion they researched tirelessly.
The study author’s research examined a multitude of surveys collected from more than 800 people between the ages 60 to 100. The assessments were designed to measure the participant’s quality of sleep. They also recorded the amount of job satisfaction, self-image and motivations in a series of questions.
For instance, a study author asked, “Some people feel good when I when they think of what they have done in the past and what they are going to do in the future. Are you one of these people?. These questions are very leading and for good reason.
They want a participant to immediately exhibit one of two feelings. Either familiarity or exclusion, by inhibiting either of these notions a study author can dissimulate between a participant with life purpose, or a participant with no life purpose. From then, a participant can be assessed in concordance with their sense of purpose.
A senior study author and Professor of Neurology from Northwestern University, Jason Ong says, “Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that us facing more insomnia”.
Moreover, Ong claims, “Purpose in life is something that can be cultivated and enhanced through mindful therapies”. I would agree with Ong’s sentiment because your mentality plays a large factor in every aspect of your life. Facilitating your mentality with positive affirmation is hardly the apex of health research.
On the other hand, as you age, insomnia and other sleep issues increase. To counteract such issues, an individual must practice sleep therapy methods. This sleep therapy method is very self-inquisitive but it is also natural. However, for people who do not want to practice self-analysis, there are other effective, natural sleep therapy methods.
Another effective, natural sleep therapy method is exercise. The National Sleep Foundation suggests, “Exercise significantly improves the sleep of people with chronic insomnia”. While exercise has always been assumed to improve sleep, research in the effects of exercise and insomnia has confirmed are long held assumptions.
A recent study found that a period of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking, reduced the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. Exercise also increases the duration of sleep in comparison with subjects who did not exercise. The correlation of how exercise combats insomnia is unknown.
Researchers have hypothesised that it occurs because of body temperature. The Researchers suggest that exercise triggers an increase in body temperature and that the post-exercise drop in temperature may induce tiredness. This is a very plausible theory but the fact remains that exercise is a natural inhibitor of un- interrupted sleep.
There is another way that exercise facilitates sleep. Exercise can change your circadian rhythm (body clock). By exercising you are accelerating your circadian rhythm that is responsible for the release of melatonin.
Melatonin is stored within the pineal gland above the optic nerves. Exercise has a direct link with melatonin because exercise causes inflammation. Melatonin reduces muscle damage after strenuous exercise.
Researchers believe that after exercising your body needs rehabilitation and melatonin is the remedy that rehabilitates your muscles. Therefor, your sleep accelerates your recovery and strenuous exercise acts as a signal to your circadian rhythm.
This article was written by Christopher Simon, a personal trainer from Origym ,who has worked with clients who have had sleep disorders.