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Forum Name: Sports medicine

Question: Sleep Change After Starting Exercise

rcovingt - Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:09 pm

I am a 50 year old male in good health. While I am in reasonable shape, I recently began an exercise program for the first time since high school. I do 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week, weights 3 tims a week, and some swimming.

At the same time I started exercising, I also pushed my bed time up 30 minutes to allow for extra sleep. While I had been sleeping consistantly 7 hours per night, immediately after beginning the exercise program, I began waking up 2 hours earlier than normal, and not being able to go back to sleep. This pattern has continued on a daily basis since that time.

I do not feel sleep deprived at all, and my energy is excellent, but I am wondering if the exercise is related to the sudden sleep pattern change.


Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:42 pm

Hi rcovingt,
Exercise certainly increases energy, decreases Depression, and it is not an impossibility that sleep pattern changes may occur. As long as you do not feel sleep deprived, and you feel refreshed upon awakening, I would not consider this as a harm or detriment.
Theresa Jones, RN

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