Are you having difficulty sleeping? One thing that has been shown to help is regular physical exercise. Going for a walk, especially during the afternoon or early evening, can help you relax and improve the quality of your sleep, particularly the most refreshing REM sleep.
Walking helps sleep quality by improving mood and wellbeing but also by improving the immune and hormonal systems. Notably, it has been shown to be effective in improving sleep for people who are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses such as cancer. Getting enough sleep also improves your brain function – another reason to don those walking shoes and get outdoors.
Other factors to think about include having regular sleep and waking times; avoiding a big meal, smoking or alcohol before sleep; and making sure that the environment is comfortable, not too cold or too warm, and without added stimulation such as TV or computer screens.