Can't sleep? Oh, you should exercise! It'll help in a snap, right? Well, maybe not: According to a study reported on by
The New York Times,
if you have actual insomnia — the kind that can be diagnosed as such, not just a few missed snoozes here and there — exercising might initially make it harder to sleep.
So, does exercising help insomnia at all? Yes, it just takes time — four months, the study found. And, after four months of consistent exercise, the improvements in sleep were drastic. People were sleeping as much as 45 minutes more each night. So, it seems that when it comes to the exercise cure for insomnia, you just have to stick it out. Don't most hard things have to get worse before they get better, anyway? (
The New York Times