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Stay Well: Sleep Better

Although we sleep at least one-third of our lives (National Sleep Foundation 2017), a person’s quality of sleep is just as important as the quantity or amount of time they sleep. 

There are many health benefits pertaining to sleep and its quality. The immune system is least likely to be compromised with a well-rested body. Quality sleep helps the body to recuperate or improve for functioning the next day. 

Per the National Sleep Foundation (2017), sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. The less we sleep, the less our bodies are able to function at their best. 

Although there are several prescribed and over-the-counter drugs which could help with sleep deprivation, there are natural approaches which could also help with healthier sleeping habits. A suggested possible approach to ensure quality sleep, and one that we often suggest at iCan Dream Center, is exercise. 

Some would question raising one’s heart rate before bedtime, but moderate movement of the limbs increases circulation and could also provide more oxygen to body parts. 

Research has shown that older adults with moderate sleep complaints can improve self-rated sleep quality by initiating a regular, moderate-intensity exercise program (King AC, Oman RF, Brassington GS, Bliwise DL, Haskell WL, 1997). Exercise could become a regimen which prepares the body for rest.


King AC, Oman RF, Brassington GS, Bliwise DL, Haskell WL. Moderate-Intensity Exercise and Self-rated Quality of Sleep in Older Adults, A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 1997;277(1):32-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540250040029

Retrieved from: (2017) How much sleep do we really need? sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need