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Exercising may be key to better sleep, suggests poll



People who reported regular exercise also reported better sleep than their more sedentary counterparts.
People who reported regular exercise also reported better sleep than their more sedentary counterparts.
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A good workout may be the secret to better sleep – and people who are well-rested are more likely to work out because they have more energy.

See how that works?

That's according to a new poll from the National Sleep Foundation, which highlighted a "strong [relationship] between good sleep and exercise," although it stopped short of describing it as cause-and-effect.

"I think it's much more likely that exercising improves sleep," said Max Hirshkowitz, who chaired the poll, in a news release.

Among the findings:

Hirshkowitz said "a 10 minute walk every day could improve your likelihood of a good night's sleep" – and while that sounds simple, it can be more difficult than it sounds in an urban center like South Los Angeles. There aren't many spaces for exercise to begin with, and a relatively high crime rate narrows those options even further.

But although they are few, there are options – start with our list of five places to take a walk on the southside.