Exercise Before Bed May Not Hurt Your Sleep After All


Exercise Before Bed Won't Harm Sleep

Are you a night owl who ends up working out at night? Or, are you the type of person who is typically too busy to work out during the day, so you end up exercising before you hit the sack? Have you been worried that exercise before bed could hurt your ability to get enough sleep? Well, it turns out that exercising before going to bed might not hurt your sleep after all. Keep reading to learn more.

New Insights from New Research

According to Forbes, a study has found that a half-hour of high-intensity exercise doesn’t adversely affect your ability to sleep, even if it is done in the early part of the evening. In other words, if you prefer to exercise before bed, you might not have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Plus, this exercise at this time of day might even help to reduce how hungry you feel.

A Few Details About the Study

This particular study involved 11 middle-aged men who were recruited in an effort to assess their appetite responses and their sleep when they exercised in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening.

The results? When the study participants worked out in the evening, they didn’t have any changes in their sleep when they went to bed. So, exercise before bed didn’t impact their ability to get enough sleep.

Beyond that, the researchers made it a point to take some blood samples from the participants before and after every workout. What they found was that high-intensity workouts in the evening or afternoon actually resulted in a greater reduction of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger. For this reason, exercising before bed might even help you feel less hungry.

More Research Is Necessary

It is important to note that this new study was based only on a small number of people, so more research will be necessary to further determine if exercise before bed really impacts sleep in a negative way or not. In the meantime, if you have thought about working out later in the day, give it a try to see if and how it will affect your sleep cycle. If you notice any disturbances because you get too much energy that ends up keeping you up at night, it would be better to work out earlier in the day. But, if the evening exercises make you feel quite tired, they might prepare you for sleep instead. Everyone is an individual, after all, so you won’t know until you try.

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