How To Adjust Your Workouts for Improved Sleep

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern


It’s no question that working out has many health benefits, one being that it tires you out so you can have a great night’s sleep. But how do we optimize our workouts so that we can get the best sleep? Well + Good has the answer! In their article, “How To Optimize Your Exercise for Better Sleep, According to Sleep and Fitness Experts”, they give a few major points, listed below.


  1. “[Get] 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise daily,” according to Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep.
  2. Work out at least 5 hours before sleep or earlier, especially if it’s a longer workout.
  3. If you have to work out close to bedtime, try a low-intensity workout like yoga, which calms your brain and heartrate and helps you sleep.


Sleep benefits from daily exercise:

  • “Deeper —stage three and four—sleep,” according to Michael J. Breus, PhD.
  • “[It helps] people sleep longer, and reduce stress, which could also affect your sleep,” according to Michael J. Breus, PhD.


Find more articles on exercise and health on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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