If you’re currently struggling with your sleep patterns and tend to find yourself either waking throughout the night, or, taking a while to fall to sleep, there is one sure fire technique you can try to change things: cardio.
Probably not the best answer you wanted to hear, but undeniably the most effective, just twenty minutes of cardio each day can dramatically improve your sleep quality, clear your mind and relieve your stresses!
Discover below how cardio can improve your sleep, as well as a few motivational tips on how to fit it into your daily schedule!
Deep Sleep = Good Health
Cardio during the day time allows you to acquire a larger amount of ‘deep sleep’, the period in which the most recovery and regeneration occurs.
The more deep sleep you get, the better you feel, and a quick burst of cardio is definitely going to improve your likelihood of staying within a deep sleep state for a long period of time.
Motivation Tip: Lay out your work out clothes on the floor by your bed each night, this way, when you wake, they’re the first thing you see each morning and therefore the first thing you put on!
Less Stress = More Sleep
Exercise, especially cardio (the one where you get very sweaty) has been hailed as a brilliant, natural, mood enhancer, with many sufferers of anxiety, low mood and depression experiencing a difference after just one quick workout!
It’s simple, the reduction in stress due to exercise means that you’ll more likely to slip into a deeper doze come the evening!
Motivation Tip: making a great workout playlist can really help to get you in the mood to exercise each day.
If you’re working out from home in the morning whilst others are asleep, put your head phones in and feel the vibe. If you’re working out with a friend or family member at home, put the music on through speakers for brilliant motivation!
Bye Bye Sleep Disorders
Exercise can help to relieve the often severe symptoms of sleep disorders, from sleep apnea through to insomnia.
An increased level of exercise can help to reduce weight, which has been linked to sleep apnea, whilst the raise in heartbeat, followed by rapid cooling of the body after cardio can really help to encourage drowsiness.
Experts claim that the benefits of cardio take a while to kick in, but as with all healthy life changes, results are gradual, yet can last a life time.
Motivation Tip: Make yourself a workout routine!
Writing up a workout time table with colourful imagery, bold goals and motivational tips can be a great drive for eating healthy, working out and sleeping well. Place it in a place that you’ll see each morning and take pride in ticking off the tasks!