Can Working Out Really Help Me Sleep Better?

Your physician will recommend frequent exercise to maintain your weight, but if you have recently told your doctor that you have experienced problems sleeping, then chances are they have recommended you hit the gym a little more often. So how can being more physically active help you sleep better on your San Diego mattress? We’re glad you asked! Your favorite San Diego mattress store has got you covered!


How much exercise do I need to start sleeping better tonight?

If you work from 9 to 5 on the weekdays, you’re probably too exhausted when you get home even to take a walk to the supermarket. If you are a blue-collar worker, then you probably already get your daily dose of physical activity, but if you’re in the white-collar field, then you’ll definitely need to pay special attention to your physical health. The good news is you don’t have to run on the treadmills for hours on end unless you’re training for the next marathon. Doctors recommend that you should be getting at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day. You can achieve this even on your working days with a little additional effort. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If you live close to work, walk or ride your bicycle. On your days off, be sure to do some form of physical activity you enjoy, such as taking a long walk, hiking, or yoga. It will help you feel more fatigued and thus help you fall asleep earlier. Be sure not to schedule any workout times less than an hour before bedtime.

Triggers in your body

Exercising will release endorphins in your body. These neurotransmitters in the brain create feelings of satisfaction – and who doesn’t like to feel happy? This can help you relieve stress and feelings of anxiety. A study discovered that people who exercised at least half an hour a day were able to fall asleep up to 13 minutes faster and remain asleep for 18 minutes longer. This is great news if you frequently find yourself glaring at your alarm clock murmuring, “just 5 more minutes….”

Exercising is also beneficial for your body temperature. According to the Sleep Foundation, “During exercise, your body increases its temperature, and afterward your body’s temperature drops. That drop in temperature mimics a similar temperature change that happens before you fall asleep when your body cools down in the evening in preparation for rest. The similarity between these changes may signal to your brain that it’s time to sleep.” In addition, it can help re-adjust your internal body clock, “A disruption of one’s circadian rhythms can cause them to naturally feel tired later at night than ‘normal.’ Depending on the time of day they exercise; it can help reset their body clock and help them fall asleep earlier. Further, some forms of exercise, like running, boost serotonin (a hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle), which may improve the brain’s ability to metabolize serotonin and regulate sleep.”

A healthy dose of exercise and a high-quality San Diego mattress can make your night. Don’t delay any longer – come into one of our stores today and experience the difference!