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Do you think rest is healthier than exercise if you don't sleep very well

helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
I wonder if it's worth waiting until my sleep gets better. Do you think it puts extra stress on an already stressed body or could it help heal. Running and light weights is what I do at the moment

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  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Thank you. I feel it's holding me back
  • lessismoreohiolessismoreohio Posts: 825Member Member Posts: 825Member Member
    I think this is an excellent question.

    I was sleep deprived yesterday due to getting back home at 1:00 am Tuesday from a quick trip to/from California. I debated going to the gym last night (light weights is what I do), but decided on an early night. I'm glad I did, and I'll be going to the gym this evening after work.
  • dbanks80dbanks80 Posts: 3,084Member Member Posts: 3,084Member Member
    IMO Exercising helps me to sleep and better.

    But if you are tired by all means sleep first. I can't exercise without adequate rest.
    edited September 13
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    I'm going on anxiety medication and wonder while my body gets used to them should I hang fire. Not sleeping also makes me wonder if it's worth waiting. I don't particularly want to take these but I've hit a point where I need help. Exercise is something I'd like to keep up as long as I can but wonder if rest is better tonic for my tired burnt out body. Thank you for feedback it's appreciated
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 24,663Member Member Posts: 24,663Member Member
    helengains wrote: »
    I'm going on anxiety medication and wonder while my body gets used to them should I hang fire. Not sleeping also makes me wonder if it's worth waiting. I don't particularly want to take these but I've hit a point where I need help. Exercise is something I'd like to keep up as long as I can but wonder if rest is better tonic for my tired burnt out body. Thank you for feedback it's appreciated

    Something gentle like walking or swimming might be good for your mental health as well.
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Thank you. Yes I love walking and do lots most day's. My goal was to do weights but wondering if I should put weights on hold until I get used to these.
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 3,272Member Member Posts: 3,272Member Member
    I worked out very sleep deprived when my son was a baby. It was hard.. and I definitely had to be mindful of injuries (I was lifting). But I felt well enough to do it. So it will depend on how you function under lack of sleep.
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Thanks for sharing. I somehow function kind of ok some day's. I'm feeling tired now though. I'll see how things are tomorrow I think and go from there
  • MotherOfSharpeiMotherOfSharpei Posts: 812Member Member Posts: 812Member Member
    If you need to rest, then rest...but don't let being tired become an excuse not to workout. In all actuality, there will be days that you may need to do less weight/reps/miles, but it's still worth it to put in the effort and do what you can.
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Thank you. Yes I think some effort is better than zero. Just aware that my body is tired. Everything has caught up
  • snowflake954snowflake954 Posts: 2,844Member Member Posts: 2,844Member Member
    What does your doctor say?
  • canarysalcanarysal Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    Exercise can be relaxing and relieve stress/help you to unwind. You have to listen to your body but sometimes exercise may help. I sleep well after evening workout.
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Thank you. My doctor hasn't mentioned anything but today was day I was issued them. I'll mention next week. Your comments have helped thankyou
  • AnamatronicAnamatronic Posts: 15Member Member Posts: 15Member Member
    I have anxiety and suffer from insomnia to the point I would lay awake to 3 or 4 in the morning and have to get up at 7 and it's horrendous trying to cope the next day. At one point I was relying on sleeping tablets which I know is awful and moreover as I was tired I was making poorer meal choices as I was to worn out to cook a decent meal. I have to say I think my increased physical activity has done wonders for my sleeping, I sleep much better on days I've been to the gym. I'm not saying you'll be the same but I have found that exercise really helps sleep as it tires me out so much. I've started to establish a much healthier sleeping pattern and tend to fall asleep for 11/12 most evenings.
  • lauracupslauracups Posts: 488Member, Premium Member Posts: 488Member, Premium Member
    I've done some of my best hikes on only 2 hours of sleep (not by choice ) then slept great the next night. Listen to your body. Low impact exercise can help with stress, less stress , more sleep.
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 9,013Member Member Posts: 9,013Member Member
    I actually sleep like a log if I've done some decent exercise that day.
  • Daniellemh33Daniellemh33 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    Some things to help with insomnia that have worked for me are:
    Melatonin 3 mg before sleep.
    Getting sunlight in the morning or using a light box.
    Limiting food 2 hours and water 1 hour before sleep.
    Avoiding TV, iPhone use an hour before bed.
    Only have caffeine in the morning.
    Download apps to help you sleep. Examples Sleep Cycle, White noise, Relax Melodies, Relax & Sleep Well 
  • Need2Exerc1seNeed2Exerc1se Posts: 12,116Member Member Posts: 12,116Member Member
    Both sleep and exercise (being active) are important. It's hard to be healthy for long without both. Exercise can often help with sleep because it makes us tired. If that's not the case for you, then taking a break from exercising might be a good idea if it helps you sleep. But if you can't be active and sleep you probably should talk to your doctor to find out why.
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Thanks you for your comments. I don't think I can melatonin as I live in u.k
  • azulvioleta6azulvioleta6 Posts: 3,853Member Member Posts: 3,853Member Member
    helengains wrote: »
    I wonder if it's worth waiting until my sleep gets better. Do you think it puts extra stress on an already stressed body or could it help heal. Running and light weights is what I do at the moment

    Absolutely not.

    Regular exercise will help you to sleep better. Taking a nap or going to sleep early is bad sleep hygiene--you should not do it if you can help it. If you have never heard of sleep hygiene, google it--these are the first things that a sleep specialist will tell you.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 6,037Member Member Posts: 6,037Member Member
    Only speaking for myself, but exercising when moderately sleep deprived was something I used to do regularly as a young reasonably fit person obsessed with exercise. And it was very detrimental to my health and contributed to a poor sleep pattern that I ended up saddled with for years. Sleep first. Everything else comes second in my opinion.

    Exercise contributes to a deeper more satisfying sleep. It does not, in my experience, help initiate sleep if that's a pre-existing problem.
    edited September 14
  • helengainshelengains Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Thank you for sharing
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