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.
- “[Get] 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise daily,” according to Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep.
- Work out at least 5 hours before sleep or earlier, especially if it’s a longer workout.
- 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!