What Type of Exercise Can Help Me Sleep Better?

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For years we have been telling everyone don't exercise within three hours prior to bedtime. The reason we've said is because if you do that you're going to energize yourself so much you'll have a hard time transitioning into sleep. In fact, there's really no good literature to say that that's the truth, it seemed to make sense but there's a lot of information coming out now, and newer studies that are suggesting it's actually the reverse.

And when you think about the physiology of sleep we tend to fall asleep on a temperature drop that's when you transition into sleep. So, exercising at night will heat you up and on the cool down, you'll find it's easier to transition into sleep. In addition, think about when you're stressed.

A lot of people when they're stressed will say, I'm going to go for a run, I'm going to go run it off and the reason for that is that running helps you burn up all that adrenaline, it helps you decompress. So, exercising at night can actually help you decompress from a very stressful day and that's certainly a good thing.

So, instead of tossing and turning roaring about the events of the day, you'll find you're awfully drifting off the [xx] much more easily. In addition to that just so sometimes stretching maneuver you can do in yoga, it doesn't have to be anything really aerobic, a simple stretching exercise believe it, or not can go a long way to help when you're transitioning to sleep.

Think of it like this, when you stretch at night, you're really also relaxing and helping those muscles that might have been tensed up throughout the day, to really relax and help you calm down, unwind and will help you transition into sleep. One of the other thing that I encourage patients to do is also if their doing relaxing stretching exercise like yoga is to really focus on the breathing while their doing breathing focus believe it, or not is very, very helpful to help your mind disconnect the most racing thoughts that will cause to be struggling at night, and stop you from falling to sleep.

Thoughts and consciousness, they're not painful what's actually painful is the meaning your limping systems keeps to those thoughts. And that when the system is a part of your brain that can be deactivated or less emotionally reactive just by focusing on your breathing. So, it's a very simple thing to do, you're stretching it nice and focusing on your breathing will go a long way to help you sleep.