Sleep Poll Shows Exercise Can Help You Sleep Better

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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Wide array of sleep medicine treatments available at St. Elizabeth’s

Not getting enough sleep? You may also not be getting enough exercise. The results of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America® poll show a compelling association between exercise and better sleep.

“Exercise is great for sleep. For people who want better sleep, exercise may help,” said Katherine Hendra, MD, of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Department of Sleep Medicine.

According to the 2013 Sleep in America Poll, self-described exercisers report better sleep than self-described non-exercisers even though they say they sleep the same amount each night (6 hours and 51 minutes, average on weeknights). Vigorous, moderate and light* exercisers are significantly more likely to say “I had a good night’s sleep” every night or almost every night on work nights than non-exercisers (67%-56% vs. 39%). Also, more than three-fourths of exercisers (76%-83%) say their sleep quality was very good or fairly good in the past two weeks, compared to slightly more than one-half of non-exercisers (56%).

“Something as simple as adding a 10 minute walk every day could improve your chance of having a good night’s sleep,” Hendra said. “Gradually working your way up to more intense activities like swimming or running could help you sleep better.”

The study also found that vigorous exercisers are almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to report a good night’s sleep every night or almost every night. They also are the least likely to report sleep problems. Non-exercisers, on the other hand, reported to be the sleepiest and have the highest risk for sleep apnea, according to the study.

Sleep disorders affect people differently and Steward’s Centers for Sleep Medicine offer a variety of proven treatments and services that are customized to each patient’s needs.  Sleep studies and evaluations are arranged around our patients’ schedules and results are analyzed by a physician. Our certified, expert sleep specialists will work with you to assess your symptoms, determine the cause of your sleep disorder and develop a personalized treatment program.

Sleep services available at St. Elizabeth’s include:

  • Diagnostic sleep studies, which are overnight sleep studies where a technician monitors the patient and a computerized sleep system records, sleep, respiration and movement
  • Therapeutic titration studies – Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP)
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) and maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT)
  • Consultations with physicians and therapists
  • CPAP coordination (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) system
  • Proven therapy

Patients affected by obstructive sleep apnea can receive Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) equipment directly through the Center for Sleep Medicine. Upon completion of a sleep test, a patient will work with a licensed respiratory therapist who will assist them with mask fittings, equipment care, maintenance and ongoing support.

The center at St. Elizabeth’s also treats patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and pulmonary disorders. The St. Elizabeth’s Center for Sleep Medicine is located at 77 Warren Street, Second Floor Brighton. Call 617-789-2545 to schedule an appointment.

About St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is a major academic medical center affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine.  Areas of medical excellence include cardiology, neurosciences, general and robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, women’s health, high-risk obstetrics, bone and joint health, hematology/oncology, pulmonary medicine and emergency medicine.  St. Elizabeth’s is a member of Steward Health Care, which is the second largest health care system in New England.  Visit St. Elizabeth’s online at

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