If you’re struggling to sleep, you’re not alone. Up to 35% of adults deal with insomnia.
When stress is keeping you awake in the middle of the night, finding dark sunglasses and an extra large coffee the next morning are not the only things you have to worry about. Insomnia has been linked to health problems ranging from weight gain and poor immune function to heart disease and depression.
While there are medicines that can help you log some shut-eye, sleep-inducing drugs can come with unpleasant side effects. Instead, opt for these science-backed natural insomnia cures.
Your workout is, “the single most important thing you can do to help with sleep,” says W. Chris Winter MD, a neurologist, sleep specialist and author of “The Sleep Solution.”
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week improved sleep quality.
To combat insomnia, schedule your sweat sessions earlier in the day. Nighttime workouts, Winter notes, could make it harder to fall asleep.