Not sleeping well? Try This Natural Trick

Get a better quality of sleep with this quick tip

by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel
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Photograph: Nikolay Mamluke

Up all night staring at your ceiling? Your best snooze aid may be your cross-trainers, suggests new research in Mental Health and Physical Activity. According to the study, those who did at least 150 minutes a week (about 20 minutes a day) of moderate or vigorous exercise saw their sleep quality improve by about 65 percent compared with less active folks. If you need more motivation, consider this: Insomnia is associated with up to a 45 percent higher risk for a heart attack, notes a recent Norwegian study published in Circulation.

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Originally published in the April 2012 issue

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