Is it okay to workout before bed?
To get a good night’s sleep, when is the best time to workout?
Sleep and exercise are two of the most important factors of a person’s wellbeing. But how do the two work together? What is the best way to sleep to stay physically fit, and what is the best way to exercise to improve the quality of your rest?
At Sleep Republic, we stay up to date with the latest sleep-related developments. Scientists are constantly discovering new facts about exercise and sleep, and we stay abreast of their work to help provide our customers with the best rest possible. In this article, we will answer questions like:
- What is the connection between rest and exercise?
- Is it OK to workout before bed?
- What is the best time of day to exercise if you want to improve your sleep?
- Can a good night’s sleep improve your workout?
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Is it harder to get to sleep after working out?
Some people might speculate that working out can use up your extra energy, and is, therefore, a good thing to do before going to bed. Others are of the opinion that getting all worked up at night will make it harder to go to sleep. But what does the science say?
Studies suggest that most people don’t struggle to go to sleep after a workout. However, there is some anecdotal evidence that some people do find it harder to get to sleep after physical exertion. If you’re one of those people, what should you do?
How long should you wait after working out before sleeping?
There are a few reasons why a person might struggle to get to sleep after working out. It could be that the level of exercise being undertaken is of too high an intensity. Alternately, it might be because they’re trying to go to sleep immediately after their workout.
A study in 2018 suggested that people should try waiting for an hour after exercise before they try to go to sleep. As well as being good sleep advice, it’s probably good hygiene and health advice too; after working up a sweat in a workout, you should take the time to wash and rehydrate.
Can working out help you go to sleep?
As anybody with a sedentary lifestyle can reliably tell you, not exercising can result in poor sleep. Indeed, polls indicate that regularly exercising at any time of day can help you sleep soundly through the night.
So, while some people might find it difficult to doze off immediately after they’ve completed high-intensity training, exercise is thought to be an overall good thing for the integrity of your sleep.
Is it better for your fitness to work out in the evening?
We’ve spent some time looking at the impact of exercise on your sleep, but what about the impact of sleep on your exercise?
It goes without saying that people have more energy when they’re well-rested. But can the time of day you’re exercising have an impact on your workout? Well, research indicates that working out at night, towards the time when you’d usually go to sleep, can actually have positive impacts on your exercise.
Many people find that they can work out harder in the evening when they’re not as drowsy as in the morning, with flow-on boosts to cardio and strength training. Additionally, hormone fluctuation can improve muscle function and strength for faster toning up at evening workouts.
The quality of your sleep is important for your fitness
It is clear that there’s a relationship between exercise and sleep. Working out can expel excess energy and help you nod off, and a great night’s sleep can help you recover from a strenuous workout, improve muscle recovery, and increase gains to your fitness. And a bad night’s sleep on an uncomfortable mattress that causes back and neck pain? That can have a negative impact on your work out.
So, if you want to kickstart improvements to your sleep, exercise, and overall quality of life, why not start with a new mattress?
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