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I can't sleep - should I go exercise?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Is true that getting some exercise before bed (or in the middle of the night because I can't sleep) will only make it harder for me to sleep?

I've heard this before, but it makes no sense to me.

Would certain types of exercise be better closer to bed time?

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:14 PM

+1 for sudoku before bed! I also play on the toilet sometimes. :)

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:11 AM

If you're really craving for some physical activity, I think a light walk wouldn't do that much harm. Or what about yoga or something calming like that?

I think anything too intense will just get your heart rate and temperature up, making falling asleep more difficult.

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:44 AM

I regularly wake up in the middle of the night. I have a short series of simple yoga stretches that seem to calm my legs (I have restless legs syndrome), then I drink a glass of water and go back to bed. It almost always works. When it doesn't, I play a game of sudoku to switch my brain off whatever it's fixated on, and try again.

I hope it keeps working for me because I don't want to have to start taking RLS drugs like my mom does.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:14 PM

+1 for sudoku before bed! I also play on the toilet sometimes. :)

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:55 AM

I would expect that for most people (certainly this is the case for me) exercise makes you more alert in the short term and more inclined to sleep in the long term. About 2-3 hours seems to be the safe limit for me.

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:18 AM

I somehow got in the habit of putting music on and dancing like a madwoman around the house in the hour before I hit the hay. I'm out pretty fast too, so it doesn't hurt my sleep at all.

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:17 AM

I'm a college student that hates relying on caffeine to keep me awake (although, that's not been the case lately since it's finals season...). So what I used to do on nights I stayed up late studying was take a quick 20 minute run around my neighborhood. After that, I'd be pretty pumped up and studied well.

The number one fail-safe method that makes me fall asleep? Reading in bed. Especially something boring. If I combine that with some Natural Calm magnesium, that'll pretty much knock me out.

So I guess I'd say no don't exercise if you want to fall asleep.

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Try isometric exercises before bed. In the 4 hour body, Timothy Fereiss discovered standing on one leg to failure each day cured his insomnia. I use wall sits an hour before bed on days that I take a nap (napping usually ruins my ability to fall asleep at night)and it has worked consistently.

I believe that this may trick the body into thinking you were walking all day, which is what you are designed to do. It also does little to heart rate.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:05 PM

If you haven't already - blackout your room and take Melatonin at bedtime

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:18 AM

I would say no. Working out always gives me a nice boost. I just played with my kettlebells and feel like I could stay up all night!

But everyone is different. :)

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