If you’ve ever spent an entire day outside running around, chasing your children or taking a hike, you probably found it easy to fall asleep. Insomnia wasn’t nagging at you after you’d exhausted your body through physical activity.
For some people though that rule doesn’t apply to them. Intense physical activity while working the muscles and getting the heartbeat up, can work as a stimulant and instead of drifting easily to sleep, a person can find themselves wide awake fighting insomnia.
Keeping our bodies active is important. Not just for the obvious physical benefits but also because regular exercise can be a natural cure for insomnia. It’s important to choose exercises that will work towards the goal of sleep as opposed to the exercises that energize you to a point that sleep becomes almost impossible.
Yoga is a method of exercise that people have been doing for centuries. It involves a series of stretches and breathing exercises that work to tone the body from the inside out. Most cities offer several choices in yoga programs. Often many yoga studios even offer a free drop-in class. This helps you become familiar with the program and the series of stretches that are involved. If it’s something that you enjoy you can quickly incorporate it into your fitness regime and before long you’ll feel the positive benefits in relation to your sleep patterns as well.
Walking is a great exercise to combat insomnia as well. With walking though timing is very important. You don’t want to go for a long and strenuous walk shortly before you are retiring for the evening. During the walk your heartbeat will have become elevated and many of your muscles will be tight. If you go from moving at a steady pace to trying to lay silently in the bed, chances are that sleep will elude you for at least a couple of hours. Your body truly does need a cooling off period, so the benefits of walking in relation to insomnia can be most profound if the walking is done earlier in the day.
Another exercise that has a positive result when it comes to insomnia is swimming. Swimming at a steady pace up and down the length of the pool allows your muscles to be worked out gently and the water offers a soothing quality that many other exercise regimes don’t. Also, if you are swimming at a public facility, they also often offer free use of a sauna or a hot tub. Both of these allow your body to relax and can help prepare you for sleep.
Exercise can be a great way to naturally fight insomnia, however the success of that depends a great deal on the type of exercise. Pick something not too strenuous that is soothing and allows you to easily shift from the activity to preparing for bed. If you make exercise a regular part of your evening routine, you’ll find yourself waking up to a night free of insomnia.