Fitness News: Exercise helps you sleep

Sleepless nights caused by restless leg syndrome could be prevented by regular exercise, according to Brazilian scientists.

Researchers asked one group of patients to exercise three days a week for six months and to see if a long-term exercise programme helped. Another group had their symptoms assessed after one gym session to see if high-intensity exercise had an effect.

Both groups reported sleeping for longer afterwards, and tests revealed their quality of sleep was also better. It's thought the endorphins released during exercise made patients sleep better, preventing them from waking up when their legs moved.

Andrea Maculano Evans, who led the study, said:

'These results show exercise has immediate benefits and is a real alternative to drug treatment for treating restless legs.'

Source - Daily Mail

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