The best exercises for better sleep (that aren’t yoga) – Health News Today

Get the restful sleep we all dream of by incorporating these workouts into your routine.


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When you think of exercising for better sleep, yoga probably comes to mind first. While yoga can definitely promote deeper sleep and help you fall asleep faster, other types of exercise can work the same magic. So if yoga isn’t your jam or you just want some variety in your bedtime routine, give these other types of exercise a go for better sleep.

Does exercise really help you sleep? 

It sure does. Exercise helps you sleep in a few ways. First, it reduces stress levels, which can quiet your mind before bed so you don’t hit the pillow with thoughts racing 100 miles per hour. Second, exercise requires you to burn more energy during the day, so you’ll naturally feel more tired at night.

Physiologically, exercise works wonders inside your body, and many of these benefits may translate to improved sleep. Scientists haven’t pinpointed the exact mechanisms behind the effect of exercise on sleep, but they do know the relationship exists. Some potential connections include the endorphin rush from exercise and, when done consistently, exercise can help your body settle into a healthy circadian rhythm

It’s true that exercise also instigates reactions in your body that would, in theory, ruin sleep. Exercise temporarily increases cortisol levels and raises your core body temperature, two things that tell your body not to hit the hay. However, the majority of observational studies suggest that exercise — no matter what time of day you do it — promotes restful sleep.

Walking

Who it’s for: The person who needs to destress.

A nice walk outside might be the antidote to your sleep struggle. Walking at any pace is a relaxing way to wind down from the day. The combined benefits of exercise and nature exposure work together to promote restfulness. 

Try it out: Sometime in the evening, head out for a 30-minute walk (or however long you have time for). Choose your pace based on what feels good that day. Listening to calm music may enhance the effects of your walk on your sleep.

Strength training

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Who it’s for: The person who needs to burn off extra energy.

Some people argue that doing intense workouts, such as weightlifting, at night disrupts sleep, but studies say otherwise. Remember, you don’t have to go all out during a nighttime…