Establishing an intentional nighttime routine that encourages quality sleep is important — but according to a new study, there’s something you could be doing throughout the day that helps, too, and it’s simpler than you’d think. Try incorporating a short walk into your day and see if your sleep improves. According to researchers from Brandeis University, taking more steps throughout the day can help you fall asleep faster, and feel more well-rested upon waking up. 

In their study, the researchers recruited nearly 60 middle-aged working Americans to wear a step-tracking device for four weeks, and monitored the group’s sleep levels through self-completed daily questionnaires. They found that most participants were taking around 3,000 steps each day — which proved to be enough activity for a quality night’s sleep. 

Not surprisingly, the researchers did find that those who exceeded the average number of steps in their daily activities experienced even better sleep, so on the days where you have time to fit in a morning run before work, know that doing so can make a significant difference. With that said, it’s encouraging to know that simply walking the dog for a few extra minutes — or fitting in an extra lap around the block during your lunch break — can benefit your sleep, allowing you to feel more focused, productive, and energized throughout the day.

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    Senior Editor and Community Manager

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    Rebecca Muller Feintuch is the Senior Editor and Community Manager at Thrive. Her previous work experience includes roles in editorial and digital journalism. Rebecca is passionate about storytelling, creating meaningful connections, and prioritizing mental health and self-care. She is a graduate of New York University, where she studied Media, Culture and Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. For her undergraduate thesis, she researched the relationship between women and fitness media consumerism.