These are the facts on sleep:

– If you do need to exercise in the morning – you shouldn’t do so at the expense of sleep. (This is my favourite fact)

– On the other hand, from a different source – exercise early in the day. Exercise in the morning or the afternoon. Avoid exercise 6 hours before sleep. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

– Women sleeping less than 7 hours a night had increased risk of coronary events compared to those averaging 8 hours of sleep a night.

– The best time to go to bed is between 9pm to 12am.

And these are the facts on exercise:

Afternoon exercise is a good way to prevent injury and get maximum performance.

– Don’t exercise at least 90 minutes after a heavy meal.

Given such information, I should ideally go to bed at 11pm, so that I can wake up at 7am after 8 hours of sleep. And if I need to exercise, I should do so at 5pm – 6 hours before I sleep. But I don’t get off work that early! Hardly anybody gets off work that early.

And since I am not a morning person, there is no way I can sleep at 10pm, to wake at 6am for my exercise. Going back to the point where we shouldn’t exercise at the expense of sleep.

And when the heck am I suppose to have my dinner?

Well, I suppose we can’t have it all. The most important thing about exercise is that we do some. It’s far less important what we do and when we do it.

The best time for all of us to exercise is the time that is free of interruptions, when we have sufficient energy and body temperature, and that can allow us to exercise as consistently as possible over the long term.

And since I sometimes have problems sleeping, tossing and turning for hours and sometimes even needing to resort to artificial means of getting sleep I thought I’d share this information that I came across the internet;

Tips on getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Follow a consistent bedtime routine.
  • Establish a relaxing setting at bedtime.
  • Get a full night’s sleep every night.
  • Do not go to bed hungry, but don’t eat a big meal before bedtime either.
  • Avoid alcohol, foods or drinks that contain caffeine, and any medicine that has a stimulant, prior to bedtime.
  • Avoid any rigorous exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
  • Make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool.
  • Get up at the same time every morning.

For other sleep tips, click here.
For sleep tips the ayurvedic way, which shares with us interesting facts about sleeping – including; sleeping on the back harms the brain and the best direction to sleep in, click here.