Best exercises to aid sleep

I have real trouble getting to sleep at night. What kind of exercise would help me get better quality shut-eye?

There could be any number of reasons why you are struggling to sleep so it makes sense to go to your GP to check for any underlying issues. But you are right – regular exercise does help keep sleeping patterns steady.

If you are one of those people who lies awake mulling over the worries of the day, regular exercise has been shown to cut stress and to boost ‘happy hormones’.

Regular exercise will also help you feel tired and ready for bed. Exercising outdoors is a good choice, as fresh air and nature are good for the mood. Can you make time for a brisk walk or a cycle ride in the early evening?

A fairly demanding workout in the afternoon is effective – I wouldn’t recommend taking on anything too strenuous that will boost your endorphins in the hour immediately before you hit the hay – although a relaxing fitness class like Yoga should help you wind down. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it – with patience you should find your sleeping patterns improve.

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