How morning and afternoon exercise routines can improve your sleep

Posted by Rob Taylor on

The Exercise and Sleep Connection:

Staying active can not only improve the quality of your sleep but also reduce the time spent falling asleep. Experts advise that exercise can reduce stress as well as the symptoms of sleep disorders including Sleep Apnoea and Restless Legs Syndrome. So take time for yourself and choose an exercise routine that suits you best. It's a great way to relax, de-stress and improve your health and quality of sleep. 

From Sunlight to Starry Nights:

The sun’s rays help to regulate our circadian rhythm, the natural, internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle and repeats every 24 hours. When exposed to natural light, your circadian rhythm becomes synchronised with sunrise and sunset, so you can feel more energised in the day and find it easier to fall asleep in the evening.

A daily dose of sunshine also regulates your natural melatonin levels, which calms and relaxes you, promoting sleep. Melatonin production normalises circadian rhythms, reinforcing a stable sleep-wake cycle. 

An added benefit of exercising outdoors is that your body makes Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for optimal health. Taking a walk makes it easy to practice social distancing too, while still getting fresh air and exercise.

But remember that if your eyes are exposed to any evening lights before bed time, it can affect your circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin. However, you can naturally enhance your sleeping experience by wearing a soft, comfortable eye mask that blocks out light while you sleep. We have spent the last three years making the most comfortable and luxurious silk eye mask for our Dreamers.

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