While we’re all for getting any exercise over no exercise, when it comes to restful sleep, research is finding that certain activities are better than others. Some particularly good sleep-inducers? Walking, biking, running, weight lifting, aerobics, gardening, yoga/Pilates and golfing.

"Not only does this study show that those who get exercise simply by walking are more likely to have better sleep habits, but these effects are even stronger for more purposeful activities, such as running and yoga, and even gardening and golf," said study leader Michael Grandner, a psychiatry instructor at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in a university release.

On the contrary, when household chores and childcare were one’s primary physical activities, poor sleep was also a factor. And while we don’t discount that chores and childcare are physically taxing (Carrying around a 20-pound child all day!), it makes sense that a 30-minute walk or run away from your household obligations could ease stress, and thus, ensure a good night’s sleep.

Do you agree? What are some of your favorite activities that get you to doze off quickly? Sound off in the comments.


HealthDay: Most Physical Activity Helps You Sleep Better