There are few things sweeter than when your head hits the pillow after a long day of work. The satisfaction of knowing you were efficient and productive eases your mind and allows you to peacefully fall asleep. But while having your mind at ease is a wonderful thing, it’s not the only reason you’re going right to sleep when you hit the sheets.
Different types of exercise can make your body tired throughout the day, making sleep come more easily at night because you’re worn out. Studies have shown that working out even just 30 minutes each day can significantly help with sleep. Being physically exhausted is easier to recognize in the moment, because your body may be aching from an intense run or a long day of manual labor. However, mental exercise can be draining as well.
Have you ever spent an off day being lazy, just sitting around the house or apartment all day? Often, when you finally want to put an end to the day, it can be hard to fall asleep. After all, your body isn’t likely to get very tired from inactivity. Being active, both physically and mentally is something everyone should desire. The challenge is not to overdo it, since doing so would mean wearing yourself too thin. The first thing to remember is to not skimp on sleep in the first place. You want to be tired at the end of the day from working hard, not make your work more challenging because you’re tired from not getting enough sleep!
Inactivity can contribute to sleep trouble, and a lack of sleep can lead to inactivity through a lack of motivation or energy. This is a vicious cycle that is often hard to break. It may be wise to try doing so on an off day from work or perhaps even during vacation time. The good news is that a similar cycle can be formed once this habit is broken. Better sleep will provide more energy and motivation to exercise regularly, which should in turn make it easier to fall asleep at night.
Another reason for this may have to do with your body temperature, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Body temperature lowers during sleep, so the spike and subsequent descent that accompanies a workout may be a contributing factor in assisting with sleepiness. Additionally, exercise— particularly consistent exercise— can help regulate and maintain a healthy circadian rhythm. Try to avoid exercising within two hours of bedtime, though, as your body needs time to calm down after a workout.
Of course, being exhausted or experiencing extreme fatigue is not the end goal. In all likelihood you get plenty of activity each day, every week. However, a closer examination into how that time is spent could prove to be beneficial. There are dozens of factors that contribute to a healthy night’s sleep, but there’s no reason to overlook the difference in how a little bit of added exercise can affect making sure you’re well rested and healthy each day.
Once you’ve got your workout down, finish off what you need for a great night’s sleep by sipping on a bit of reBloom before hitting the hay!