If you’re here, you probably already know exercising a few days a week has amazing benefits. It leads to a lower risk of heart disease, helps your body manage your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, it can help with your mental health and mood, and of course, can help control your weight. What you may not know is that working out in the morning is the best time to workout. Of course if it comes down to working out after the morning vs not working out at all, working out at any time should always be the priority. But if you have the flexibility to workout in the AM, jump on that. Because one of the lesser known benefits of working out in the morning is improved sleep.
Working out in the morning, or just getting your heart rate up in the AM has incredible benefits. It helps you to wake up in a high energy way, gets your heart pumping and your body moving. It has been shown to put people in better moods throughout the day, lead to healthier eating habits, and people often work out harder. Think about it--if you’re waking up 30 minutes earlier than you normally do, you’re going to want those 30 minutes to be worth it. But most importantly for us, how does this impact sleep?
A number of studies have been done looking into the impact of working out and how that ties to sleep. Throughout the studies they have seen similar results. People who workout in the mornings have noticed that the following night they fall asleep faster, get more deep sleep, and wake up less throughout the night. And this was across different age groups and for both men and women. So next time you’re planning on going to the gym or for a walk, try and go in the morning.