Did you know exercise can help you sleep? When it comes to exercising and sleeping, Yoga might be the first thing to pop in your mind. While Yoga does help people fall asleep faster and offers a truly restful sleep, there are alternative exercises you can do for a good night’s sleep. Below we have detailed more ways exercises can help you get better sleep.
There are multiple ways exercises can help with sleep. For starters, exercising during the day or right before bed can reduce your stress levels. High stress levels can have your mind racing while you are trying to sleep. This can force you to stay up and continue to be stressed out because you are tired and did not get enough sleep the night before. Going for a nice walk outside is a great exercise for those who want to destress. Walking at any pace is a relaxing way to calm your mind because you are combining the benefits of exercise with your exposure to nature. It also burns more energy, so you will naturally feel more tired.
Exercising can also release an endorphin rush and, when done repeatedly, it can promote a healthy circadian rhythm in your body. Endorphins are your body’s natural response to feel good and your circadian rhythm is your “internal clock” that helps your body go into a deep sleep. You can get this nice combination of these two things if you practice strength or flexibility training or by simply jumping rope. You do not have to lift the heaviest weights or be the most flexible person either to get a better night’s sleep. Just doing any of these exercises regularly at your own pace will help your body be able to get better sleep.
A good night’s sleep is something we all need and strive for. Without it our bodies are not working at their fullest potential and we start to feel more stressed and tired every day. If you are struggling with going into a deep sleep, try some exercises and see what happens.
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Article written by William Graves.