“Doesn’t everybody hate exercise?” a friend commented as we were talking about ways to manage insomnia. It made me stop and think. I’ve known some couch potatoes in my day. Either they’re bored by anything not cerebral or they’re in thrall to their digital devices. Exercise can’t compete with their fascinating sedentary pursuits.

I’ve also known some lifelong jocks. Karate black belts who get up at 5 a.m. to crew and, oh, by the way, they’re training for a marathon, too. These folks love exercise: it’s a pleasure and a craving rather than a chore.

The truth is, most people I know fall somewhere in between, like me. Sure, we like a weekend bike ride. We’re big on walks. But vigorous daily exercise? The idea is faintly jarring. It sounds too much like work.

But my habits have changed since I realized how much exercise helps my sleep. If you’ve got the kind of insomnia where you have trouble calming down, listen to this book trailer and see if exercise has a bit more appeal.

Can’t Sleep? Exercise May Help

Posted by Lois Maharg, The Savvy Insomniac

Lois Maharg has worked with language for many years. She taught ESL, coauthored two textbooks, and then became a reporter, writing about health, education, government, Latino affairs, and food. Her lifelong struggle with insomnia and interest in investigative reporting motivated her to write a book, The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep. She now freelances as an editor and copy writer at On the Mark Editing.

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