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NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/14/13 4:02 P

It will depend on what causes the insomnia. Both my mother and I have it - my mother has it from a degenerative nerve disorder and very often does not sleep at all; I have it from very loud tinnitus and usually fall asleep after 2-3 hours but often wake up several times and have trouble falling asleep again. For my mom, the insomnia is so debilitating that exercise can be dangerous for her; for me, it doesn't affect my exercising, it affects other areas of my life. So it really will depend. But I can say that exercise hasn't helped either one of us to sleep better. It's just not possible to make a blanket statement about everyone. For me, since mine is caused by a very loud noise, exercise can't make that quieter -- when I first started exercising, I was exhausted all the time because I was tired out from the exercise AND the insomnia, instead of just the insomnia.

I only exercise in the morning because I find that if I do it at night, it makes it even harder for me to fall asleep. It also helps me wake up. I'm usually yawning for the first 40 minutes of my workout, believe it or not, even though I'm pushing myself really hard!

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2/14/13 3:40 P

Thank you all so much. I looked up morning yoga, because whether I sleep or not I'm always stiff. It helped. I'm also going to use the walking idea on days like this. I don't think I should feel the need to kick my self in the butt with a work out when I'm exhausted. That's a problem I had in the past of not listening to my body and making my self feel guilty for it. I'm so happy for finding SP! I'm actually ready to be nice to my body and continue my weight loss journey with positively.

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2/14/13 2:10 P

i find exercising in the evenings help me to sleep because I get so tired after and then I have more energy the next day!

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2/14/13 1:41 P

I've had recurring bouts of insomnia since middle school, maybe longer. Usually my problem is staying asleep, not so much going to sleep.

in all honesty, I don't need 8 hours of sleep. 6 hours is a good night's sleep for me, and I feel great. Less than that for several nights back to back gets to be a problem.

you are right about the 'up all night & bored' eating. I try to stay busy with other things. I watch a LOT of TCM (and keep some of my favorite movies on the DVR to watch in the middle of the night). If I just cannot lie still, I'll catch up on my ironing or do some things on the computer (play games, write something for the church or work newsletter, etc.)

as far as working out, I try to stick to my workout routines because sticking to my 'normal' schedule seems to help with my insomnia. On those mornings when I've FINALLY gotten back to sleep at 4:30 or so, I'll sleep another 30 minutes or so and skip the morning workout. Usually I do Pilates at home in the mornings and go to the gym after work, so I still have a good chance to get my daily workout in.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
2/14/13 1:25 P

yes, even the days you don't get sleep I would exercise. Maybe not anything super high intensity, but a walk around the block or maybe do a walking DVD in your living room. Leslie Samsone has a bunch out. Haven't checked this site, but they may have some too.


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2/14/13 1:20 P

I agree with DID70, exercise helps with the insomia. I have the same issues and I found that if I got up early and did my hard exercise in the morning, it would help me sleep that night. I know its hard if you haven't had much sleep, but I bit the the bullet a few times and pushed through it. However if I miss a morning work out and tried a hard work out in the evening that would keep me awake. So on those days where I missed the morning workout, I go for a walk, listening to my music and I find that relaxes me and I get my exercise in that way. I started with just walking 30 minutes in the evening but now I go longer, because I loose myself listening to music and walking the dog. I also find that when I do higher intensity exercise in the AM, I have much more energy, focus and motivation at work, even after a sleepless night. Good luck, insomia can be a big challenge to overcome, but it can be overcome.



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2/14/13 9:43 A

As a beginner, should I excersice on the days when I don't get sleep?

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
2/14/13 9:13 A

Exercise actually helps me sleep. that and a good healthy food plan. I sleep at least 7 to 7 1/2 hours a night.

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2/14/13 8:39 A

I have suffered from insomnia almost all my life. Through research I have seen that this is also a factor in weight gain. Seeing as being up when no one else is makes me bored and then hungry.
I know that I have seen articles saying that if you do not get enough sleep exercise is not the best.
I am a beginner at this lifestyle change and I know that as I continue I will most likely be able to reach stability and actually sleep at night, but while I'm beginning I just want to make safe healthy choices.
So, I guess my question is, is it okay for me to work out when I'm running on no sleep or just a few hours?
I don't want my insomnia to be an excuse for me to stay unhealthy and inactive. I'm really hope for some help with this and to know if anyone else has this dilemma.
Anyway, I was just wondering how other people deal with this issue.

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