Battling insomnia with exercise

Battling insomnia with exercise

I struggle with insomnia.

  • I spend hours lying in bed just attempting to fall asleep.

I’ve read up on the subject and given just about every recommendation a try. I avoid looking at the television or computer screen for at least an hour before bed. I no longer read on my Ipad in bed. I sometimes drink herbal tea in the evenings, eat kiwi and raisins and go through breathing techniques. I run electric fans and specialized sound machines. I’ve purchased a new mattress, expensive bamboo sheets and a cooling gel pillow. Nothing helps. I not only struggle to fall asleep but tend to wake up every hour. Whenever I wake up, the whole falling asleep challenge starts over again. The only thing I’ve found that helps is exercise. I don’t think that working out encourages me to fall asleep any quicker or easier. It’s just a productive release and relief. When I’m staring at the ceiling, getting frustrated and feeling exhausted, I get up and workout. I spend an hour running on the treadmill, pedaling the stationary bike or lifting weights. I workout until my muscles are totally fatigued and I can barely stand up. At least I feel as if I’ve accomplished something. I normally wake up in the morning feeling tired and miserable. I am often so sleep deprived that I start my day with a headache. Once again, physical exertion comes in handy. Despite how hard it is to get motivated and moving, I force myself to workout. High intensity cardio gets my blood pumping, drenches me in sweat and makes me feel better.

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