Morning Exercise Routine Best For Restful Sleep At Night

June 20, 2017

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The benefits of exercising are well known but there is some debate on when is the best time to hit the gym or pop in the yoga DVD. While there’s no reliable evidence to suggest a greater calorie burn at certain times of the day, according to the National Sleep Foundation, those who work out early in the morning enjoy the added benefits of better sleep. People who worked out at 7 a.m. slept longer, experienced deeper sleep cycles, and spent 75% more time in the most reparative stages of sleep. Also, if you exercise outdoors in the morning, you’re sure to get a daily dose of sunshine, which can help regulate your sleep/wake cycle. However afternoon workout have their benefits too.  Generally your body temperature is about two degrees warmer in the afternoon than when you first wake up, which mean your muscles can work more efficiently.  Those warmer muscles mean you have a lower risk of injury and will be more adept at completing complex movements. As for sleep, an afternoon workout may curtail insomnia.  After exercising, your body's core temperature takes about 4-5 hours to return to normal and that decrease in temperature signals your body to shift into sleep mode causing you to fall asleep quicker and wake less frequently during the night. Unless you are working third shift, avoid late evening workouts as it will interfere with your sleep pattern.   

SOURCE: National Sleep Foundation

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