How much should you exercise to get a good night’s sleep?
This is quite individual, because it depends on how exercise interacts with other parts of your life.
Your general state of health, age, stress level, fitness level and training history will all impact how much exercise you should do.
However, we can safely say that the right amount of exercise is going to leave you feeling tired, but not over tired, at the end of the day.
If you do too much, and overstretch you often end up feeling wired and not able to sleep, or wake up still feeling exhausted. If you ever feel like this, you’ve probably overdone it and would benefit from cutting back.
However, exercise is a great way to improve your sleep quality, and ensure the body is worn out and ready to relax, along with the mind.
Generally, three to five training sessions per week is a good number for most people. Possibly more if you’re a serious athlete, possibly less if you’re particularly stressed or recovering from health problems.
For the average population, if you keep it under five sessions per week, and under one hour per training session, you are unlikely to ever exceed your capacity to recover.
This gives you scope to work hard and push yourself during each training session; meaning your body is nicely tired, and ready for a good night’s sleep.