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.
- 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.
- 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!
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!
- 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
- 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.