A glance at the health application of my mobile makes it clear that today I have not taken the necessary steps to reach the mythical 10,000 . Things are not looking good, but perhaps not all is lost. With a little effort, it could reach 7,000, which, according to a recent study from Brandeis University, in the United States, are what we should give to fall asleep like a baby.
Science already knew the relationship between physical exercise and sleeping well, but it is the first time that scientists quantify how many steps are necessary for rest to improve. The information can be of great help in a country where between 10% and 15% of the adult population suffers from chronic insomnia, and about 35% have suffered it occasionally or temporarily.
Scientists would not have been able to do it had it not been for the devices that counted the steps they took and the minutes moved throughout the day. The data that the researchers obtained through these tools, together with the answers they obtained from questionnaires about the quality of their sleep, about how much it cost them to fall asleep and about the number of hours they slept per day, allowed them to observe the results in only four weeks.
The results of the new study show that the more steps accumulate throughout the days, the better the quality of sleep, but caution is imposed when moving them to real life, since the experiment had a small sample , of only 59 people, 49 years old on average (73% were women). In any case, applying the 7,000 steps to the routine is not an easy goal; It is almost 5 kilometers , or an hour’s walk.