General Article 5 ways exercise impacts your sleep (good and bad)

Topic Selected: Fitness Book Volume: 384

Exercise can benefit your sleep in many ways, but knowing what to do and when to do it is key to reaping the greatest rewards.

Medically reviewed by Dr Juliet McGrattan (MBChB) and words by Laura Williams

Two components of a healthy lifestyle are undoubtedly sleep and exercise, but not much is known about how they impact each other. Sleep can help performance and provides you with more energy for exercise, while a sufficient exercise routine contributes to healthy sleep patterns. But what time should we exercise for it to benefit our sleep? And can physical activity ever impede a good night’s kip?

Personal trainer Laura Williams explains how to juggle your exercise routine with adequate sleep so you can make the most of your health:

1. Cardio is key for sleep quality

Research undertaken by the National Institute on Ageing found that participants who engaged in aerobic exercise (walking, treadmill, bike) up to four times a week at 75 per cent of their MHR (Maximum Heart Rate) reporte...

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