How can you sleep if your body is not tired?
Up until about 100 years ago, exercise was a major part of daily life. At the end of the day our bodies were tired, and we slept.
Another way exercise helps sleep is by using up the stress chemicals in our bodies. All day long we are having stressful events that flood our bodies with fight or flight chemicals. If we don’t fight or flee, it takes a long time for those chemicals to be dissipated. We lie awake at night, feeling wired. When you exercise, you burn up all of those chemicals.
Aerobic exercise is probably the best for burning up those chemicals, but all kinds of exercise helps you sleep. Weight training certainly tires the muscles. Power yoga styles also leave you nicely tired. And the more gentle, restorative styles of yoga are great for calming you down in the evening.
Do something every day, even if it’s going up and down the stairs a few extra times, or a walk to the mail box. Get an exercise ball to sit on at work, and bounce while you are thinking or talking on the phone. There are a lot of little ways to add more movement into your day. They add up. Still, you need to have a good solid work out several days a week.