Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

How can exercise and good sleep work together to create better health?

Dr. Lauricella discusses how exercise and good sleep together promote good health. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



Looking at the bigger picture rather than one piece at a time is the best way to care for your overall health. Good sleep is just one piece of the puzzle of your overall health. Along with exercise and good nutrition, good sleep is important for a healthy lifestyle, according to The National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

Exercising right before trying to sleep can hurt your efforts at getting a good sleep because your body won’t cool down enough for comfortable sleep, according to the NSF. However, exercising at least three hours before bedtime – in the late afternoon, for example – gives your body time to cool down. Working out at the right time can make you more alert during waking hours, speed up your metabolism and energize you for your next day.

Along the same lines, not getting enough sleep can defeat your best efforts at exercising for weight loss. Studies how shown that people who are not getting a good night’s sleep have a higher risk of obesity because they have a lower level of the hormone leptin, which causes a bigger appetite, according to the NSF.

For more information about how exercise and good sleep are both important to your health, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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