Just doing this activity once a week could drastically improve your sleep

Participants who skipped their workouts got the least amount of sleep every night, according to research. So you may want to renew that gym membership.

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Your struggling relationship with sleep might be solved with a little bit of exercise.

A survey conducted by Best Mattress Brand looked at more than 1,000 people and their exercise and sleep patterns finding as little as one workout a week could significantly improve your night’s sleep.

Participants who skipped their workouts got the least amount of sleep every night, according to research. They averaged only 6.6 hours of rest while those who squeezed in a few exercises a week said their sleeping patterns were better.

Gym-goers who said they worked out five-times a week reported averaging 7.1 hours of sleep. Most importantly, they were extremely satisfied with their sleep, according to the survey.

For the 936 participants who claimed to work out regularly, more than 82% said their sleep quality was at least good. However, when they skipped a day or two of workouts, the numbers changed drastically: more than 50% reported getting just fair sleep.

According to research, participants who recorded zero weekly workouts spent 11.4 days-a-month dealing with sleep trouble, but those who said they worked out five times a week spent just 6.2 days having trouble falling asleep.


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Kyle Schnitzer|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at kschnitzer@theladders.com.