Most of us are guilty of it; whether it’s down to a broken nights sleep with the kids or binging on a full Netflix series into the early hours, when we feel tired throughout the day, we reach for the kettle – and the coffee, but there are other ways to improve your sleep and generally feel less tired.
We’re always preaching about the various ways in which regular exercise can have a positive impact on our weight, mood, bodies, and mental health, but it can also influence sleep – both the number of hours you get and the quality – meaning regular exercise can make you more alert through the day, and sleep better during the night.
The fatigue your body experiences as a result of regular exercise means that your body falls asleep quicker to aid recovery, meaning you feel fresher in the morning and more alert throughout the day. There are a couple of theories about this, including ideas around how exercise changes your body’s core temperature thus it needs to regulate itself, and exercise triggering the production of the hormone melatonin (which regulates sleep cycles).
Top tip, staying hydrated and getting up from your desk to improve your circulation can also help you avoid that mid-afternoon slump!
However, it is worth bearing in mind that you should finish training at least 3 hours before you aim to fall asleep; exercise stimulates the brain and needs some time to do its own version of a cool down!