WILL EXERCISING HELP ME SLEEP?
Well, you know the drill! Exercise is good for the heart, mind, body and soul. That is the drill I’m talking about, the one you hear from your trainer at the gym or on the tv. I am here to tell you exercise helps you sleep!
Yep! You read that right using that treadmill, riding your bike, running and all other forms of exercise will help you sleep. How you wonder? Apart from reducing the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep, exercise has been found to increase sleeping time. Here are some of the reasons.
- Body temperature.
A regular exercise session will have an increase of body temperature. This is due to the calories being burnt in that session. Once you stop exercising there is a drop in temperature levels in the body. Sleep will come much quickly due to the decline in body temperature.
- Reducing insomnia symptoms
Insomnia is mainly caused by feelings such as anxiety, depression and high arousal. Exercise helps you sleep by reducing these symptoms. Once the symptoms are reduced the brain will be able to relax thereby allowing you to sleep. Circadian rhythms primarily refer to the body’s clock. What exercise will do, is reduce insomnia for people whose insomnia is related to their body’s clock. An exercise period will shift the body’s timing thereby reducing insomnia.
- Allows better focus during daytime
If you exercise regularly, you are able to focus properly during the day. This allows you to do work to the best of your ability. A spillover effect will be realized when it comes to sleeping time. Sleeping will be much easier since your body is worked and requires proper rest.
- Increases sleep quality
Due to the rigors of the exercise session, your body will be likely to fall asleep quicker compared to previously. On top of that, you will experience a better quality of sleep. What this means is you will have fewer episodes of sleep interruptions. All sleep disruptions are not necessarily insomnia. You may just experience the interruptions from time to time but not constantly. Sleep will be great endless bliss once you start exercising.
As the points above show, exercise helps you sleep. On top of that exercise will guarantee you have an excellent quality of life. It will make sure you do not have to be out of breath when climbing activities or during any other physical activities.