Do you toss and turn at night, struggling to fall asleep? You’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of adults report getting less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night. Poor sleep quality can lead to a variety of negative health outcomes, including weight gain, depression, and even cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to improve your sleep, and one of them is practicing Pilates.
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening and stabilizing the core muscles of the body. It was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, and has since become popular all over the world. While most people associate Pilates with its physical benefits, such as improved flexibility and posture, recent research has shown that it can also be beneficial for sleep.
One study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies found that practicing Pilates for just 8 weeks improved sleep quality in older women with insomnia. Another study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that Pilates can improve sleep quality in athletes, and may even enhance their athletic performance.
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