Enhance Your Sleep by Staying Active: The Connection Between Physical Activity and Better Rest

According to a recent study, consistent exercise can delay the onset of the REM period of sleep, which is characterized by vivid dreams and active brain activity.

What many have long suspected—that there is a strong correlation between physical activity, sleep quality, and psychological well-being—has been confirmed by a recent study.

Regular exercise can lengthen the time it takes for us to enter the REM stage of sleep, which is when we have vivid dreams and active brain activity, according to study from The University of Texas at Austin.

This shows that before we reach REM (rapid eye movement), exercise helps us achieve deeper, more peaceful sleep.

While other research has suggested a link between physical activity and improved sleep quality, this new study is notable for its practical methodology.

This research, which was published in Nature Scientific Reports, observed participants' daily activities and sleep habits over several months in their natural surroundings, in contrast to prior lab studies that were confined to examining one night's sleep.

The group kept an eye on 82 young individuals using wearable technology, such as activity trackers and smartphone apps.