Does going to the gym help you sleep better?

There’s no doubt about it that exercising has an endless number of health benefits both physical and mental, but many people do not quite understand the effect exercise has on sleep! So we have listed the top 5 benefits exercise has on your sleep.

  1. Relieves Stress

A potential reason for lack of sleep could be stress or anxiety. Exercise relieves this by producing a chemical in the brain called endorphins that act as natural stress relievers. Even taking half an hour out of your day can allow you to reflect on the things you are worried about. As little as 5 minutes of exercise can reduce any stress or worry, allowing a better night’s sleep.

  1. Increases fatigue

While fitting in 30-60 minutes of exercise a day, it will burn all the energy you have in the evening, giving you no other option but to curl up and drift to into a deep sleep. Try some HIIT exercises to burn off all of this left over energy in a short space of time, you’ll be flat out before you know it!

  1. Routine

Fitting exercise into your daily routine, will also give you more of a stable schedule. Committing to the gym at a certain time of day, a few days a week can settle you into a pattern that allows you to sleep better at a fixed time. Pick a time you wish to go to sleep and try to give it as much dedication as you do your gym time!

  1. Your body temperature

When you exercise, your body temperature increases as does the rate in which your heart pumps blood around the body. Once your session is over, as your body temperature begins to decrease, this can also encourage sleep. There’s no harm done by working up a red face in the gym, it might even let you sleep better than you ever have before

  1. The timing of exercise

For all the above reasons, the timing of the exercise you do to improve quality of sleep is an important factor to consider if you are struggling with sleeping. Exercising too late in the day can encourage an extra spurt of energy just before you settle down for the night, which may be the root of the problem! Luckily for you, our gyms are only open until 10pm in the evening, allowing plenty of time for your body to relax, before an excellent night’s sleep.

Exercise & Mental Health

Exercise is the perfect way to maintain your physical health, muscle size and the way you look, it can even add years onto your life and we don’t think it can get much better than that. But in fact it can, the benefits go beyond just physicality. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health, even if you are already feeling perfectly okay, exercise will make you feel that little bit better!

But the point we are trying to make here is that if you are currently in a state of low mental health, something as simple as exercise can work wonders for you. We asked some of our Xercise4Less members how exercise has helped them mentally and we received only positive responses.

Member responses to how exercise has impacted their mental health and well being:

  • Taking an hour myself at the gym helps calm my busy mind
  • It stops me thinking too much. For an hour or 2 it’s my escape and therapy
  • Xercise4Less motivates me everyday
  • Exercise helped me when I was at my lowest. It allowed me to escape and have time for me
  • It helped me control my mind in difficult situations
  • It helps relieve tension and makes me sleep better. Always feel less stressed after training
  • The gym is my therapy
  • It gives me something to look forward to work on, and to keep going
  • Helped me to lessen my anxiety, improve my thought processes and clear my mind

So if you are feeling doom and gloom, we can assure you that a work out will get you out of that mentality.

Exercising stimulates changes in the brain giving you a more positive outlook on life, some of these changes are neural growth and reduced inflammation, as well as just a general sense of well-being.

So whilst you are breaking out a sweat, the exercise that you are doing produces protein that is released into the bloodstream, this protein helps the growth of new nerves and synapses, so you are not only making your body stronger, but also your brain, which can only be a positive for someone who may be struggling mentally.

Exercise is a completely natural remedy for mental treatment and introducing it into your lifestyle also brings along a sense of routine, another great benefit, as mental health is disruptive and can turn our worlds upside down and we feel a complete loss of control, this feeling can bring on a whole host of negative emotions so forming a healthy habit like an exercise routine helps you to regain control, reducing your stress levels.

 Speaking of stress, have you ever noticed how your muscles feel when you are stressed? Tense and achy? Well exercise helps to release these up tight feelings and relieves the tension in your body, relaxing your muscles.