Does Exercise Help You Sleep Better?


Exercise provides so many benefits and one major one is that it helps us get a better night sleep! However, overdoing your exercise can work negatively against your sleep!

Research has documented the benefits of exercise to improving sleep patterns. Exercise lifts the mood and reduces stress. It can strengthen circadian rhythms, promoting daytime alertness and helping bring on sleepiness at night. Exercisers may reduce their risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. Physical activity improves sleep quality and increases sleep duration. Exercise may also bolster sleep in other ways, because it reduces stress and tires you out.

Overdosing on exercise can backfire. One of the major causes of insomnia is overexercising. ... Stress hormones increase your heart rate, alertness, and the blood flow to your muscles, so they help you perform the physical activity but may make it difficult to doze off. This is especially true if you are a late-night exerciser. If you workout late at night and are having trouble sleeping, try bringing your intensity down a notch or squeeze exercise in earlier in the day!

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