2013 Sleep in America Poll finds people who exercise sleep better
Exercising before bedtime may not be as bad as once thought.
Doctors have often recommended people avoid exercise before sleeping because exercise raises your body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Three things that usually need to be low to fall asleep.
Dr. Puneet Patni is a sleep physician at Kelsey-Seybold, and says he usually recommends not exercising before sleeping, to people with sleep disorders like insomnia. Patni says as more and more people become more sedentary, any exercise is important no matter what time of day.
"If you don't have any problems with your sleep, your sleep quality is good, your getting enough sleep, and your sleep is refreshing and you stay rested during the daytime, you can do anything you want."
The 2013 Sleep in America Poll was conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and says people who get exercise do report sleeping better.