Hack your workout routine for better sleep!

Hack your workout routine for better sleep!

Exercise can be a great tool to better your sleep, that is if you do it the correct way. Sleep gets often neglected and it is one of the most important contributors to our general health, here is how to use exercise to sleep better!

Did you know that 35 percent of Americans do not sleep the minimum seven hours a day required for our body to function well? Resting is paramount for our bodies to repair the damage, even the good damage caused during working out –it is when our muscles enlarge and our metabolism accelerates. There are also the hormonal and mood effects that contribute to our sleep and exercise: exercise can modulate the sleep cycles because of its effect on cortisol and melatonin.

Most people do not sleep enough.

What you should do

Can exercise detriment your sleep?

If it is too intense, it can. When we prepare to sleep our body temperature drops, but if we exercise too much the heart rate increases and our body temperature increases too and it will take longer for your body to relax. However, yoga or light stretching can help calm the body down and get a good night’s rest.

How to use exercise to boost sleep

Go for morning and evening walks.

Morning and evening walks are great to realign your body with its circadian rhythms. In the morning it will help produce cortisol and be prepared for your day, and in the evening the low light will regulate your body for sleep.

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Nick Connelly

Though he spent most of his time on camera, covering major sports events, Nick’s life-long dream was to become a sports columnist. Today, Nick researches and covers workout routines, exercise-related tips and tricks and sports diets. In need of an effective training routine? Look no further than Nick’s articles.+ info

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