(Photo credit: sleepfoundation.org)

(Photo credit: sleepfoundation.org)

Did you know that we’re in the midst of National Sleep Awareness Week? This annual event, which kicked off March 3 and goes through March 10, is the National Sleep Foundation’s weeklong campaign to commemorate the health benefits of sleep. This year marks the 16th annual occasion.

The week kicked off with the debut of the National Sleep Foundation ‘s Sleep in America® poll. This year, the poll observed the relationship between exercise and sleep, an important and ever-growing topic. The Huffington Post covered the findings of the poll in an article titled, Sleep and Exercise: Vigorous Exercisers Report the Best Sleep, Poll Says. Overall, it was found that the people who deem themselves as exercisers reported better sleep than those who identify as non-exercisers, even when both groups got the same quantity of sleep.

1,000 people were surveyed for the poll, of which 48 percent responded getting light physical activity regularly, 25 percent depicted themselves as moderately active and 18 percent said they exercise vigorously on a regular basis. This left 9 percent describing no physical activity whatsoever. Similarly, both exercisers and non-exercisers stated an average of six hours and 51 minutes of sleep on a workday, and seven hours and 37 minutes of sleep on non-workdays.

As depicted in the title of the article, vigorous exercisers reported the best sleep and about half of the non-exercisers, on the other hand, reported fairly bad or very bad sleep. For more information on this specific poll, visit the links above, and visit NSF’s Facebook page for additional news and information.

National Sleep Awareness Week wraps up this Sunday, with the return of Daylight Savings Time. For tips from NSF for the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, click here. Additionally, see our post from last week titled, Coping With Daylight Savings Time.

Additional information:

http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/can-exercise-help-excessive-sleepiness

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