The great news is that even just a little bit of exercise can completely change your life. Your brain, mental health, physical health, appearance, and much more is improved with even just a half-hour of exercise added to each day. For all of the elements of life that exercise improves, a half-hour saves a lot of time. For example, if you exercise your sleep will be deeper, and instead of needing to set aside an extra hour to get more sleep you could do a half-hour of exercise and get deeper sleep throughout the whole night. Or from adding exercise to your day, your focus and attention will be improved and your productivity greatly improved. This will help keep you from wasting time at work and in school.
According to Sleep Foundation, “regular exercise, particularly in the morning or afternoon, can impact your sleep quality by raising your body temperature a few degrees. Later in the day, when your internal thermostat drops back to its normal range, this can trigger feelings of drowsiness and help you drop off to sleep.” Although it would be most beneficial to aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week, even just a 10-minute walk per day could greatly benefit your student’s sleep schedule and help them to perform better throughout the day. According to sleep.org, “as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis.”
Exercise can also help fight insomnia because it decreases the symptoms of anxiety and depression. According to sleep.org, “exercisers may reduce their risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.” Additionally, according to sleep.org, “early morning and afternoon exercise may also help reset the sleep-wake cycle by raising body temperature slightly, then allowing it to drop and trigger sleepiness a few hours later.”