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How to Sleep Like a Baby


By Kate Green, writer.

Exercise is something we all require…. It helps, release unwanted energy, keeps the body strong and fit, invigorates us, and helps us to think clearly as well as keeping motivated.

For me I like to exercise in the morning as it gets your day going and energised and it is likely I will not have space in the afternoon to do it. The main thing currently I am finding is how exercise helps you sleep so much better at night. The majority of people claim that they don’t exercise on a regular basis because they are too tired. Well, could that have something to do with your sleep habits? This is very possible.

We do a lot of sitting throughout the day and to get your day started with some high-energy workout balances out the eating and sitting you do at least 5 times a week.

Certainly with all the business and personal matters happening in your day to day life which at times gets overwhelming and draining, you are also taking on other peoples energy whether you are aware of it or not, so not only is exercise great for the body it is also a great releaser for the mind and is a fabulous stress reliever.

Exercise can help you sleep sounder and longer and feel more awake during the day, but it also helps to know the type of exercise you choose and the time you participate in it during the day.

The ideal time to exercise

Late evening exercise right before bed or about three hours before your bedtime can actually make it harder to get to sleep. Vigorous exercise right before bed stimulates your heart, brain and muscles as well as raises your body temperature, which does not help.

Morning exercise can relieve stress, improve your mood and certainly improves your sleep, but ideally to get an even better sleep is to exercise in the outdoor light. Natural light in the morning, whether you’re exercising or not, can improve your sleep at night by strengthening your body’s sleep-wake patterns.

Late Afternoon and early evening exercise is the most ideal time to benefiting a great night sleep. Vigorous exercise at this time of the day (5-6hrs before bed) is best as it raises your body temperature before bed, which then let’s it start to drop just as you’re getting ready for bed. This decrease in body temperature helps ease you into sleep. The best form of exercise at this time is a cardiovascular workout. Vigorous exercise keeps your heart rate up and your muscles pumping for at least 20 minutes after, so you are still burning fat and your body temperature is still at a high.

Make your exercise vigorous enough to make you sweat a little. It has been proven that non-aerobic stretching and concentration exercises e.g. Yoga do not impact sleep although it is very very good for you, but this is about getting the best sleep possible.

The best forms of cardio vascular exercise is:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Boxing
  • Bike riding
  • Spin class

If you can do this at least 3 times a week you will certainly start to notice a big difference in your health, fitness but most of all your sleep, which of course will have a positive spin on your business life and personal life.

As always, keep it lean, green and in moderation.

This article was written and submitted by Kate Green. After 14 years of running successful hospitality businesses, she decided it was time to follow her heart and find some answers to life’s many questions such as “Why am I here and what makes me happy?” Kate practices Reiki, Kinesiology, Metaphysics, Yoga and Meditation. Mum of a little one, she loves being inspired and helping others feel inspired.




Sep 24, 2010 | Category: Health and Beauty, Pregnancy | Comments: none | Tags: ,

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