Sleep Improvement Quick Tip #7: Exercise regularly, but at the right times

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, Nutrition & Mental Health, Sleep, Thriving, , ,

As a health psychologist, I’m big on exercise!  It helps regulate your mood, keeps your body in shape, and improves health.  But regular exercise can also really improve your sleep!  The key is to exercise at the right times, namely in the mornings, afternoons, or early evenings.  Regular exercise helps regulate and deepen our sleep overall.  However, exercising tends to amp us up for a few hours afterwards because of the hormones it tells our brain to release.  So if you’re one of those people who like to hit the gym or go for a run late at night, this may be contributing to your sleep difficulties.  Instead, make sure that you exercise at least three hours before bed or earlier.