Exercise as a Treatment to Enhance Sleep

  title={Exercise as a Treatment to Enhance Sleep},
  author={Matthew P. Buman and Abby C. King},
  journal={American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine},
  pages={500 - 514}
  • M. Buman, A. King
  • Published 9 July 2010
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
The prevalence of sleep-related complaints and the limited efficacy of pharmacological treatments make nonpharmacological alternatives essential. Physical exercise is one such alternative that is inexpensive and affects numerous health systems simultaneously. This article reviews putative mechanisms that have guided exercise and sleep research, including exercise’s antidepressant effects, restorative functions, and circadian effects, and concludes that a number of mechanisms are plausible and… 
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