HEALTHY LIVING
04/10/2013 08:25 am ET | Updated Apr 10, 2013

Dara Torres: 'Exercise Helps Me Sleep' (VIDEO)

What could possibly be stressful about competing as an Olympic athlete, delivering motivational speeches around the country, acting as a skincare spokeswoman and raising a daughter? Swimmer Dara Torres does it all -- and still has time to sleep.

The 12-time Olympic medalist said on a recent appearance on HuffPost Live that she's enjoying having more time to spend with her daughter now that competitive swimming is crossed off her to-do list.

But that doesn't mean there aren't still stressful, anxious days. Spending time being active is when she takes a few moments to unplug and recharge, she said. Rather than turning to yoga or meditation, more fast-paced exercise is her stress reliever. (We can relate!)

But working out also helps her end the day. "When I exercise, I have a much easier time falling asleep than I do if I don't exercise," she said.

She's not alone -- vigorous exercisers report getting better sleep than non-exercisers, according to a recent poll from the National Sleep Foundation -- but we're glad to hear her say so! Check out the video above for more from Torres on how she does it all.

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