- Exercise raises body temperature and heart rate
- Vigorous exercise can make you more alert
- Sleep is better for your health in the long run
We’ve known for awhile now that physical activity is one of the key components to getting quality sleep. But does getting that exercise in right before bed actually work against you if you’re having trouble sleeping? There are schools of thought that believe working out immediately before turning in for the night can have the opposite effect of what you’re looking for when it comes to trying to tire yourself into a better night’s sleep. Some recent studies by health and sleep experts have put this theory to the test by asking participants to take part in various types of exercise at different times, and the findings might be surprising to those that swear that feeling the burn before bed might not do you any favors. The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study about nighttime exercise and its effects on sleep, and reported that 83% of people found exercise helped them to sleep better, no matter what time of day that they did it, while only 3% of the study participants reported any trouble being able to fall asleep after a late-night workout. While these findings seem to suggest that getting some exercise in right before turning in won’t have any adverse effects on your ability to grab some quality sack time, there are some things that you need to keep in mind if you choose to feel the burn at night.