There is no doubting that exercise is incredibly beneficial to health, it helps the heart, it keeps the weight down, minimises fat, it releases endorphins that make you feel good and many more things as well. However, is exercise always good for you and are there any occasions when in fact it isn’t, and that you’d be best not to exercise? This is a question that has caused much debate and mainly when it surrounds sleeping habits and exercise habits; the question is whether or not exercising later in the day can affect your ability to sleep. There are many experts that say exercising in the few hours before you go to sleep, particularly strenuous exercise, can lead to an inability to sleep properly, or the very least get to sleep in a prompt manner. However, there are many experts that also claim that this is completely not the case and you are free to exercise any time you wish without fear that it will impact on your ability to sleep.
With such conflicting views, it is very difficult to give a guaranteed answer that is either right or wrong; however, one can safely say that all the experts are agreed that exercise at some point in the day is good for you, whether it is only earlier in the day (as some experts might suggest) or any time the day (as other experts might suggest) is up for debate. So in this sense, your exercise habits can have a positive effect on how you sleep; if you are exercising regularly then you’re likely to have a fit and healthy body so when it comes to the time that you want to go to bed, you drift off quite naturally and easily without any problems getting to sleep.
Most experts would agree though, that if you are suffering from a sleeping disorder such as insomnia then sleeping can be made more difficult if you exercise shortly before you intend to go to bed and in these circumstances it is best to try and get any exercise done in the morning. Most experts would also agree that it is important not to put off doing exercise simply because you are unable to do it without it affecting your sleep therefore, it is important to find a good balance, whether this means getting up earlier, or rearranging your day later on in the afternoon or early evening depends on the person, although it is not always easy for everyone to find the time due to busy work schedule, children to look after and many other things to do.
There are even some experts that would suggest that if you exercise before you go to sleep not only does it not make it harder for you to get to sleep, but in fact it even makes it easier for you to get to sleep and therefore exercise shortly before you sleep is advisable rather than something to be discouraged.