We all know that sleep is important…not only for our mental well-being, but physically as well.
But did you know that your sleep quality is affected by exercising?
Little do people know, getting in a lifting session, a run, or a few laps in the pool can significantly improve how well you sleep at night.
While we are sleeping, multiple processes are happening within the body behind the scenes; these include muscle building, tissue repair, increasing immunity, and maintaining a steady metabolism, just to name a few.
Sleep also affects the brain – if we don’t get enough zzz’s, our brains tend to not remember and process properly the information that we’ve learned throughout the course of a day…and in turn, makes it so that we don’t remember it so well later on.
Regulating the information that is input into the brain every day is vital, and this is just another reason why sleep is so important.
Since we end up sleeping close to one-third of our lives, it’s essential to find ways to improve the overall quality of it!
So why would something like exercise – which boosts heart rate, gets our blood flowing, and get endorphins flowing – be good for us in regards to shut eye?
You might be wondering how you can possibly fit exercise into your schedule in order to get some better rest at night…but, science has shown that even 10 minutes of activity that gets you up and moving during the day has benefits for sleep, if it’s done on a consistent basis!
There are many reasons why sleep quality is improved by exercising, but one of those ways is because exercise is a stressor to your body – in which case, you’re tired at nighttime!
Granted, this might not be the case every single day and every single time you work out…but, you should begin to see a trend of improved sleep on those exercise days.
That sleepiness that you tend to feel at night after a solid daytime workout session is due to circadian rhythms, which are boosted during the day (hence that burst of energy and alertness you have after pumping some weights or going for a jog) and then decreased at night – leading you to feeling tired and ready for some shut eye.
Exercise has also been shown to help improve the sleep quality of those people with insomnia as well, which could be a huge breakthrough in sleep studies.
This could be possibly due to the fact that when you work out, your body temperature rises; after you finish exercising, your body facilitates a decrease in temperature – which could be promoting better sleep quality afterwards.
Exercise is also known to decrease feelings of depression and anxiety, both of which can alter one’s quality of sleep each night.
Granted, when incorporating exercise into a routine, everyone might react differently…each person will require a different workout intensity level, for a different period of time.
This also correlates with what time of the day you work out as well – some people can workout early in the morning, and others later in the evening.
Finding what works best for your body, exercise-wise, is imperative to improving overall sleep quality.
More research is needed to determine just how much sleep correlates with exercise, but we know baseline facts that point in the direction of incorporating exercise in your routine and sleeping better.