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Exercise can fight insomnia, sleep apnea

Posted at 9:52 AM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 09:52:02-04

(CNN) - More than 100 million Americans have insomnia, and a host of studies and experts say exercise could remedy it.

Multiple studies indicate that physical activity can help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer without the risks associated with sleeping pills. Exercise can also help with sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder than can cause a person to temporarily stop breathing at night.

One study showed that exercise alone led to a 25 percent reduction in sleep apnea symptoms over a three-month period.

Disturbed sleep can do more than just leave you groggy in the morning. It's a key risk factor for diseases and conditions like stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Doctors recommend that people get two-and-a-half hours of aerobic exercise every week. Individuals should also incorporate strength and condition exercises to their routines.

Consistency is key for those looking for sleep benefits.

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