If you’re experiencing problems sleeping, there’s a good chance you aren’t getting enough exercise. Both mental and physical exercises are effective ways to help you get a deeper, more restful sleep.

For some people, exercise is enough on its own to overcome their insomnia. When you exercise, you’re placing extra stress on your body and, in order to get rid of this added stress, your brain creates a greater need for deep sleep to aid in recovery.

Have you ever noticed when you’re outside and active, you tend to get tired earlier in the evening? This is because of the extended amount of time you’re exposed to sunlight and the physical activity.

What Are the Best Exercises for Fighting Insomnia?

Almost any physical activity can help you fight insomnia. However, there are a few particular exercises that seem to work better than others.

Treadmill – Best when used next to an open window with plenty of sunlight pouring in
Bicycling – The constant movement needed is very effective.
Stationary Bike – Not as effective as a real bicycle, but works great on rainy days
Jump Rope – A good exercise to do that’s stationery and requires little equipment
Walking & Jogging Outside – This is probably the easiest way to get exercise and exposure to sunlight just make sure you wear your sunscreen.
What Time is the Most Effective?

The best time to exercise is about 4 – 6 hours before your bedtime. If you exercise just before you retire for the night, your body won’t have enough time to cool down properly. This can make it harder to get to sleep. Remember that you should avoid caffeine or eating late, as well.

Get Your Mind Active, Too!
When you exercise your body and mind at the same time, you’ll notice you’ll get a deeper and more fulfilling night sleep. It’s very easy to exercise your mind while you’re involved in physical activity.

Some ways to do this while you’re exercising are:

Doing simple math problems in your head
Reciting something you need to remember
Listening to an audio book or podcast
Reading a book, newspaper or magazine. Obviously you can’t read a book while running but it’s a great activity to help you relax after a exercise routine.

Avoid doing the same exercises every day. Mix things up so your activities keep your body and mind fresh and active. Having the same exercise causes the effectiveness of the activities to go down. Once in a while, you should analyze what exercises gave you the best sleep results.

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