How exercise can counter the harms of poor sleep

Sleep issues affect about one in five Australian adults and when they chronically deprive us of a decent night’s rest they are associated with an exhaustive range of health problems.

These include an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke, not to mention profound effects on our mental, emotional and cognitive health. But it’s not all bad news.

A new study by the University of Sydney has found that, to an extent, exercise may be able to mitigate many of the negative health impacts.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on Wednesday, examined the sleep and exercise data of more than 380,000 middle-aged adults.

Read more at SMH.