Exercise is key to better sleep, not only because it uses the energy of your body, but because of the benefits it provides. Those who do not exercise regularly will most likely have problems with their sleep patterns. To sleep better you will need to consume your energy and activate your metabolism.
This has been proven several times. Most recently, in a survey that took place in 2013, published by the National Sleep Foundation. Participants that exercised moderately or professionally would sleep better than those who didn’t. Another research from 2011, published in the notes of the Mental Health and Physical Activity Magazine, proved that exercising the recommended 150 minutes a week would result in better sleeping patterns. Sleeping better is not the only benefit. Another benefit is more energy and alertness during the daytime.
That same year, another study, which was published in Sleep Research, investigated vigorous late-night workouts. It resulted in proof that this does not affect sleep. Exercise could, however, affect the cardiac autonomic control of your heart when you fall asleep. It is said that exercising before bed is not good, but it could not be further from the truth.
Finally, another study published in 2014 by Biomed Research International confirmed that exercise is good. Exercise minimizes the impairments that are usually associated with insomnia (chronic primary). So, if you wish to sleep better and feel healthier, exercising is your solution. Try waking up early and exercising either before work or during your lunch break. It doesn’t have to be intense, or even every day. A little goes a long way! Start with some pilates, yoga or maybe a nice stroll in the evening after work. You can then upgrade to running or doing some team sports.