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Why do I have trouble sleeping after exercise?

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Last Updated: 11/09/2020 at 5:22pm
Why do I have trouble sleeping after exercise?
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November 21st, 2015 3:37am
Adrenaline. It takes awhile for the adrenaline to stop pumping. If you give yourself time to wind Dow. You'll sleep more soundly
November 21st, 2015 2:46pm
You are so pumped and energetic after you sleep that you just can't relax! Or maybe you aren't tired enough and maybe you should push a little harder :)
November 22nd, 2015 7:40am
I get really happy after I exercise so I will start to feel hyper and want to do other things. My whole body and mind is in working mode so I find it hard to let them calm down and go to sleep.
November 22nd, 2015 8:32pm
This is because you release endorphins when you exercise and your muscles become more active and you become more awake. you should avoid exercise at least 3-5 hours before sleeping as this can help you sleep better.
November 25th, 2015 12:37pm
Many people suffer from difficulty sleeping. The reasons can be many and complicated, with some individuals suffering from a combination of factors that make consistent, restful sleep harder to attain. Although exercise is touted as a way to improve the quality of your sleep, in some cases it can make sleep more difficult. If you are trying to sleep soon after exercising, you might be making things harder on yourself. Exercise Benefits on Sleep Many people use exercise to improve their sleep habits. But it's all a matter of timing, and depending on when you exercise, the effect might be the reverse. Many people like early morning or afternoon workouts to help invigorate them and help them feel more energetic as they go through a full day or work or classes. Immediately following moderate exercise, you are likely to feel very awake, which could be frustrating if you are hoping to sleep shortly after exercise. Late night exercise is likely to leave you feeling wide awake, and you will find it difficult to fall asleep. Source :
November 26th, 2015 12:10pm
I think it's because during day u r uo moving and doing stiff but at night u r not doing anything and are bored so u can't sleep
November 26th, 2015 8:09pm
Adrenaline. After a good workout you'll undoubted-ly have energized yourself. So be wary about doing so just before sleep.
November 27th, 2015 3:01am
Because after getting your body so worked up its hard to just cool down right away and try to sleep because your body still feels active
November 27th, 2015 5:12am
When I exercise it gets my adrenaline running and my blood pumping. It can be hard to wind down enough to sleep after that.
November 28th, 2015 6:08am
You have trouble sleeping after exercise because your adrenaline levels are up, it happens to me all the time
November 28th, 2015 10:53am
If you want to sleep immediatly after you had your exercise, it's pretty normal that you have trouble with sleeping. Try to exercise first, and then calm down by laying in the sofa or reading a book. And drink something hot, like hot tea or hot chocolate milk. And after an half our, you should be able to sleep without trouble! Xx Jill.
November 29th, 2015 4:41am
After exercise I'm alert and energized. My neurochemistry is ready for concentrating, not shutting down.
November 29th, 2015 12:47pm
because you are "active" and not completely relaxed so for that you should relax a little and try finally to sleep
December 2nd, 2015 2:15pm
Because the adrenaline from you workout is keeping you awake. You just have to wait for it to go down a little.
December 2nd, 2015 6:17pm
Your body is all worked up and filled with adrenaline. This causes your body to stay "awake" which is why you cant sleep
December 4th, 2015 9:29pm
Sometimes your body is still vibrating with what you did. Try exercises to come down and relax at the end of what you've just done.
December 5th, 2015 8:36am
Your heartbeat could be raised higher after your exercise. This will cause you to feel quite restless. Sometimes exercising wears people out depending on how hard you exercise. I think you just react differently causing you to feel restless more than anything.
December 6th, 2015 2:31pm
it is because of the adrenaline rush in your body the hormone energizes your brain and freshen up your brain activities.
July 12th, 2016 10:31pm
Exercise can help you sleep better but when you exercise right before bed sometimes instead of getting exhausted you get all pumped up and full of energy. That's what I find.
August 15th, 2016 4:24pm
Well thats one of the major reasons that you should not exercise before sleeping. Exercise is used to rejuvenate yourself and is something that you should do after sleep.
July 11th, 2017 8:01am
Often times after you exercise, you'll be full of endorphins and energy. This can show in different people (such as euphoria, hyperactivity, drowsiness or sleepiness, etc.) So if you're having a hard time sleeping after you exercise, it may be a good idea to give yourself a cool down period and allow yourself plenty of time after workouts to wind down so you can fall asleep.
November 9th, 2020 5:22pm
Exercise ramps up your heart rate, core temperature, and sweat rate. It also has an excitatory effect on your nervous and endocrine systems. Hormones like norepinephrine and cortisol are elevated and cause sleep disturbances. While there is no way to really reduce these hormones after exercise, people sleep better in cooler environments compared to hot ones. When your body temperature remains elevated you are very likely to have trouble sleeping. Dehydration also leads to an elevated heart rate, even hours after your workout or race. Lowering body temperature and hydrating can help. Also, reducing stimulants like caffeine may help