Here's some great news for those of you who love strength training! Research suggests that resistance exercise may lead to improved sleep.
A systematic review found that routine resistance exercise improves sleep quality.
Randomized control trials have shown similar results. For instance, a study with Chinese older adults found that 3 hours per week of resistance training for 12 weeks, improved sleep efficiency and reduced sleep fragmentation.
The post-resistance training muscle fatigue and the recovery process likely influence better sleep.
The Hearty Take
To reap the sleep benefits, we recommend that you develop a consistent resistance training routine. At Hearty, we support the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans which recommends resistance training be added into your health regimen at least twice a week.