Yes it does. Just make sure you do not work out right before bed because your heart rate and blood flow will still be pumping for a little while. Of course everyone is different so this might not affect you as much as me. But if you hit the weights early enough in the day, you will sleep like a baby every night. I have been hitting weights for 40 years now and if there is one thing that I really like is that I noticed I sleep a lot better. I wake up with a better attitude towards life because I feel better inside. Yes the muscles do feel a bit tight and sometimes a little sore but usually in the right places. Either way I feel stronger from both the workouts and the quality of sleep that I am now getting from my results.
Regular exercise promotes better sleep habits.
Working out daily will aid you in better sleep because you will actually be a bit more tired from not only the day but also your added workout routine. This is a good thing for people like me who like to stay up too late watching the late show. Because of my little workouts throughout the week, my mind is programmed to do things that help me sleep better. I like to get the lighting very dim and turn off the TV earlier than normal for example. Does exercising improve your sleep? Yes it does and my body is telling me that it wants to go to bed soon and I believe my work outs help with that
Waking up the next morning.
One of the reasons how I know that exercise improves my sleep is the feeling I get when i wake up the following morning. I always feel well rested and ready to eat breakfast and do the things I need to do to get that added energy. I already know that I am going to get in a workout today so I had better get in some food in the morning or else my stomach will growl. Working out puts you in that healthy mode that is so helpful in living a comfortable and productive life that we strive for. It is not really a bad soreness that you feel in the morning. It is more like a feeling of tightness and firmness from the muscles contracting on a daily basis. It is a feeling of having strong and flexible muscles that actually require the rest that you are giving yourself at night. In other words, it starts to become a natural routine to get that quality sleep your body demands.
Exercising is great for insomnia.
Even doing just one exercise alone per day can help you sleep better. Insomnia is a disease that many people suffer from and many people decide to take medications instead of just getting in some regular exercise during the day. Many medications and pills can actually be more harmful to you and can have many nasty side effects like nausea and thoughts of suicide. When in fact if you scheduled a daily walk/jog for 20 minutes a day and some military press with dumbbells for 3 sets of 10 repetitions, you would have none of the side effects and promote sleep in a natural way. Also, these medications can be quite expensive in the pocket book as well. Exercise on the other hand is safe, less expensive, can be done anywhere and does not require a highly trained clinician.
Exercising regularly raises your body temperature.
Because of your daily work outs, your body produces a signal that raises your body temperature at night. To invoke sleep our body follows a near 24 hour cycle known as the circadian rhythm. Based on the different ques and signals this rhythm knows when to tell you when its time to go to sleep. One way in doing so is by raising body temperature thru the circadian cycle while your body slowly increases in heat reaching its highest temperature at night. This along with the lack of light signals the body to increase the hormone known as melatonin. People struggling to sleep can use exercise to increase body temperature and thus get a better night sleep
Exercising can help older adults sleep better as well.
As we get older, sleeping all night can be a problem for us. Working out does not discriminate against anyone. Not only can exercising help older adults sleep but it also helps them with strength at the same time. It is known to help us sleep longer as well. So no more constantly waking up due to stress. It is known to increase upper body strength by 52% and improve sleep quality by 38%. So opening a jar of pickles and carrying the laundry is now done much easier than before. Engaging in weight training, walking and more social activities improves sleeping among us older adults.
Sleep better and be in a better mood.
Exercising and good sleep can also lower anxiety and depression symptoms. Because you are getting the proper rest you will begin to feel better and it shows greatly. Your family and friends will notice that not only do you look better but you have a positive aurora about you that rubs off on people. People will treat you with more respect because they see that you are the king of your own castle. Your body and the way you feel inside is very important to all of us and other people respect that. So expect for your life to get better with exercise because it really does work
Improve your quality of life by a simple workout routine.
I know for a fact that when I am not doing my daily workouts, I feel sluggish, tired during the day, I eat poorly and for some reason I get all my energy at night. To turn this around we need to incorporate a daily routine of least one exercise lasting at least 15 minutes. This will trigger your body in to getting more sleep at night. That is why I always say that it is nice to have a pair of light dumbbells laying around the house. They just might come in handy one night when you can’t fall asleep.