Exercise to Sleep

Exercise to Sleep

Pain relief requires good sleep, which restores and repairs your body. Experiment to woo sleep with exercise. Try different activities, change the intensity, play with the time -- until you find the best snoozing combo for you.

Conditions:  Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, insomnia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: fatigue,anxiety, depression, stiffness, difficulty sleeping, weakness, numbness, tenderness, muscle pain, joint pain, insomnia

Triggers: fatigue, overtiredness, not sleeping enough, not exercising

Treatments: rest, sleep hygiene

Categories: Exercise

Duration

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Exercise and Bedtime

Most experts say not to exercise 3 to 4 hours before bedtime in order to sleep well. But not everyone has a problem with late-day exercise. Experiment to see if you're affected:

* Keep everything that might affect your sleep unchanged.

* Work out at different times.

* Note in your Journal the time of day you exercised and how well you slept that night.

Prompt: Check the time.

CTA: Experiment with exercise and sleep.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: fatigue,anxiety, depression, stiffness, difficulty sleeping, weakness, numbness, tenderness, muscle pain, joint pain

Triggers: fatigue, overtiredness, not sleeping enough, not exercising

Treatments: rest, sleep hygiene

Categories: Exercise

Morning Exercise

Any exercise is better than no exercise when it comes to sleep problems. But if insomnia is getting you down, try exercising in the morning. An hour of morning stretching and walking can ease sleep problems for many people.

Prompt: Wake up, work out.

CTA: Then sleep better at night.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: fatigue,anxiety, depression, stiffness, difficulty sleeping, weakness, numbness, tenderness, muscle pain, joint pain

Triggers: fatigue, overtiredness, not sleeping enough, not exercising

Treatments: rest, sleep hygiene

Categories: Exercise

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 22, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: "Can't Sleep? What to Know About Insomnia" and "The Sleep Environment."

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: "Sleep Hygiene – The Healthy Habits of Good Sleep."

Sleepbetter.org: "17 Healthful Sleep Tips."

National Institutes of Health: "Facts About Insomnia."

Passos, G. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 2010.

Reid, K. Sleep Medicine, 2010.

CDC: "Sleep hygiene tips."

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