Sleep Tip Experiment 1: Exercise

Well you guys, I did what I never thought I would do… I finally joined a gym.  After years of being a lazy couch potato, I caved and finally convinced myself that it was time to start taking care of myself.  Being the Sleepy’s Snooze Director, I read a lot of information about sleep, especially about sleep tips.  Every article and every blog post I would search always emphasized the importance of exercise when it comes to good quality of sleep.  It was time for me to take on my own research and start to practice what I preach.

I joined my gym about three weeks ago now and I go at least three times a week.  I tried the whole wake-up-an-hour-early-to-get-the-workout-in-before-work thing but that only lasted for the first week.  But now that daylight savings time is over and it’s a little brighter than midnight at 6AM I’m definitely going to give it another try.  It wasn’t that bad waking up earlier to hit the gym.  The toughest part was just getting myself out of my bed, but once I did I was ready to go exercise.  I would do about 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of light weights and after I was done, I was feeling great and super ready to take on my day.

But it’s tough to wake up before the sun rises, trust me I know (I was an intern at a radio morning show and needed to get up at 3:30AM to be at work by 5AM).  So, I started caving to the comfort of my bed when my alarm would go off at 6AM for the gym and opted for an extra hour and a half of sleep.  But that didn’t stop me from going to the gym, I then started going at night after work, which was kind of nice.  I go with my boyfriend because we motivate each other to actually go to the gym.  He’s teaching me racquetball, which is a ton of fun and pretty exhausting.  And then I got him to go to yoga class every Wednesday night with me.  It’s always good to go to the gym with someone because you can work out together or at the very least just get each other to go and workout as opposed to watching TV all night.

Now, from my own experience, I can tell you that since I’ve starting exercising at the gym, I have been sleeping outrageously well!  I feel like I get into deeper sleep than I ever have before; it’s amazing.  Even just going three times a week, I feel so much better in the morning after my restful sleep.  I absolutely, 100% vouch for exercise benefitting quality sleep.  I always thought I slept fine, but now I can say that I feel like I sleep very well.  Before I started working out, I would sleep straight to my alarm clock and still be groggy, even after getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night.  Now I’m waking up a little bit before my alarm goes off and I’m not shuffling my feet to the shower. 

It’s always great to research sleep tips for suggestions, but you’ll never know how it will affect you until you try them.  For example, with me going to the gym now, when I go at night sometimes I finish my workout as late as an hour before I go to bed but I don’t feel like it prevents me from falling asleep.  I’ll keep you posted on my sleep tip experiments to let you know what works for me and what doesn’t.

Have you tried any sleep tips?  What worked for you?

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Contributor: Emily Barrett

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6 Responses to Sleep Tip Experiment 1: Exercise

  1. mattress says:

    It works for me as well. But if I work out and then stright to bed (after taking shower of course :) , it makes me harder to get to sleep.

  2. I too agree that things affect people differently. I have experienced the positive effects of exercise on sleep myself. It’s easy to say not to work out in the evening, but with busy lives, you don’t have much of a choice than to exercise in the evening or during the night. Our bodies are different and even the same person can respond to exercise differently at various times of his or her life.

    • I absolutely agree! It’s difficult when it comes to all of these sleep tips because we all react differently to them. Thanks for commenting!
      -Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

  3. Thanks Michelle and I agree, exercise really is good for everything!
    - Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

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