As we've said before, we often see the same old insomnia advice. Often, this mentions adopting a soothing, relaxing bedtime routine. However, one article we read recently actually recommends light exercise before bed.
Apparently, a recent study from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found that people who did some gentle exercise before bedtime were 54% less likely to have trouble getting to sleep and 36% less likely to wake up during the night. The article warns that vigorous exercise can be counter-productive, though - so don't go for the Schwarzenegger look.
This article should remind us not to be fooled into thinking that there is only one way to relieve or cure a sleep disorder. What works for one person may not work for another. Don't be disheartened if the advice you have found (or been given) doesn't work for you. Sleep disorders aren't simple, aren't all the same and we still know relatively little about them.
Have you found something that helps you sleep which we are typically told to avoid? If so, please share - we'd love to hear what works for you.
Last updated: April 30, 2010