Get your morning iron on

Pump some iron (or another form of exercise) in the morning to improve your sleep and manage that snoring of yours. ;)

Pumping iron is just as good at helping you get your z's as popping pills, and multiple studies have shown that people who exercise experience deeper, higher-quality sleep than people who don't, Dr Jordan Metzl writes. Not only that, but insufficient sleep is linked to a whole host of health problems that exercise can counteract: weight gain, fatigue, lethargy, heart disease, and an inability to cope with stress, just to name a few. Weight gain can also cause or exacerbate sleep apnoea, a condition that can interfere with a good night's rest. So if you suffer from sleep apnoea, you have another reason to hit the gym.

Playing sports or working out can set you up for a good night's sleep—but the timing matters for some people. It's best to finish vigorous workouts by late afternoon to give your body temperature, heart rate, and other functions enough time to drop, post exercise, to set the stage for sound slumber.

In 2013, the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America poll, which included 1,000 adults between the ages of 23 and 60, found that people who exercise vigorously in the morning have the best sleep patterns, including better quality sleep and a lower likelihood of awakening feeling unrefreshed. It's fine to do relaxing exercises like yoga or simple stretches in the evening.