Obviously, exercise is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle; it helps to keep your heart in good shape plus the obvious benefit of burning extra calories preventing the onset of obesity. However, there is much debate as to when is the best time to exercise; there are some suggestions that exercising right before you go to bed can be detrimental to your sleep, although, there are also suggestions that this theory is not in fact correct. The theory behind exercise being bad for you just before you go to bed is that rather than helping you to sleep it makes it harder for you to get to sleep. Those that disagree with this may often agree with the fact that it increases your heart rate and your body temperature but disagree that this makes it a more difficult to get to sleep.
There are some suggestions that exercise, even within a few hours of going to bed, makes it more difficult to sleep and that it would be much better to try and find the time in the morning to exercise instead. Unfortunately, these conflicting views make it hard to say for certain what is right and what is wrong. Many leading experts claim that exercising before you go to bed not only doesn’t affect your ability to go to sleep but can also have a positive effect. Then there are other experts the claim that the increased body temperature, bearing in mind our bodies need be cooler when we sleep, coupled with the fact that our brains have become more stimulated with the release of extra endorphins means that sleeping becomes a much more difficult task and one that would benefit from exercise earlier in the day. Most experts would agree though that exercise at some point during the day is beneficial to your ability to sleep even if they disagree on when you should exercise. Exercise helps to keep your body healthy which makes it easier for you to go to sleep, so no-one would discourage at least some form of exercise, even if they suggested that it should be the morning.
Whatever the views of the experts may be, exercise is important part of our lives and ideally should not be foregone. It is generally agreed on though that sleep can be affected by strenuous exercise before you go to bed, so exercise of a more moderate nature can be better, such as brisk walk, which would be acceptable even within a relatively short time you go to sleep. It is worth bearing in mind that there are plenty of other factors that can disturb your ability to sleep well, getting a good night’s sleep based on a well set routine is especially beneficial to our bodies and can help us when we want to exercise as we will have more energy with which to exercise with. So too is setting the right conditions for sleep, it is an important thing to do whether or not this includes exercising before bed.