The Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Workout Timing

Hey Angels and Alphas,

There are many factors that determine how well you sleep, including exercise and diet. However, exercise timing can have an impact on how well you sleep at night. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that morning exercisers had better sleep quality than those who exercised later in the day.

The scientists hypothesized that this was because evening exercisers were more likely to feel too tired to initiate or maintain sleep, whereas morning exercisers felt energized afterwards, boosting their quality of sleep later on.

Let’s examine the different options you have in terms of when to work out (and their different influences on your sleep schedule.)

Waking Up Too Early = Not Enough Sleep

If you’re someone who wakes up early to get in a workout before work, you might be doing more harm than good. A new study suggests that working out first thing in the morning can lead to poorer sleep quality at night. The study found that people who exercised at 7am slept an average of 45 minutes less than those who didn’t exercise. They also had more trouble falling asleep and were more likely to wake up during the night.

Waking Up at the Right Time = Optimal Performance

It’s important to wake up at the right time in order to get optimal performance from your workout. If you’re not well-rested, you won’t be able to push yourself as hard. This is because sleep quality has a direct impact on workout performance. When you’re well-rested, you have more energy and can focus better. You’re also less likely to injure yourself when you’re well-rested. So if you want to make the most of your workout, be sure to get enough sleep!

Working Out at Night Can Help Optimize Sleep Quality

Most people are sleep deprived, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people also don’t feel like working out. The National Sleep Foundation report that, Adults should sleep 7-9 hours per night. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The average American adult sleeps less than 7 hours per night. A study in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research found that, Sleeping less than 6 hours per night is associated with poorer physical performance. The research shows that there is a clear relationship between sleep quality and workout timing. So, if you want to optimize your sleep quality, you should consider working out at night.

How Many Hours Before Bed Is Best for Working Out?

You know that working out is good for you. It lowers your risk of heart disease, strengthens your bones and muscles, boosts your mood, and helps you sleep better. But when it comes to timing your workouts, there’s one question that always comes up: how many hours before bed is best for working out? Ultimately, the answer to this question will depend largely on when you feel most comfortable.

That’s why if you’re someone who squeezes in a workout after work, you have to experiment with different workout timing and find out if working out before bed is optimal for you. Numerous studies have linked post-bed workouts to better sleep quality, but the decision whether you want to do this or not will depend largely on your own schedule.

Can You Go to Bed Late After a Late Workout?

Working out is great for your health, but if you do it too close to bedtime, it can negatively affect your sleep. That’s because exercise raises your body temperature, which takes time to cool down. This can make it harder to fall asleep. Plus, endorphins from exercise can give you a boost of energy that makes it tough to wind down at night.

So what’s the best time to workout if you want to get a good night’s sleep? It depends on how your body responds to exercise. Some people feel energized after a workout and can wind down easily at night. Others find that they need some time to cool down before they can go to bed. Experiment with different workout times and pay attention to how you feel afterwards.