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BOLTNUT55 Posts: 38
2/10/14 4:18 A

It can affect sleep pattern, but I would be interested to find out if it's on those particular days... like:

Monday worked out at 4:00, bed at 10:00, didn't fall asleep until 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday: didn't work out, bed at 10, fell asleep by 10:15
Wed: worked out at 4:00, bed at 10:00, didn't fall asleep until midnight
POSSIBLY DUE TO WORKOUT

Monday worked out at 4:00, bed at 10:00, didn't fall asleep until 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday: didn't work out, bed at 10, fell asleep at 11:00
Wed: worked out at 4:00, bed at 10:00, fell asleep around 10:00
MAYBE NOT RELATED

I'm one of those who can workout, shower, and fall asleep. No winding down necessary. I also can't sleep if I have caffeine after 3:00 p.m. anymore.

Probably wouldn't suggest sleeping pill...

Edited by: BOLTNUT55 at: 2/10/2014 (04:20)
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NSMANN Posts: 965
2/9/14 9:26 P

Just get your doctor to prescribe you some Ambien. Really.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,601
2/9/14 6:40 P

working out later in the day can affect sleep pattern

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2/9/14 5:43 P

Working out in the evening can affect some people's sleep patterns. It doesn't for me, but I can also drink several cups of coffee late at night and go right to sleep, so take that with a grain of salt.

That said, I wouldn't think that working out at 4pm (and being done before 5) would affect sleep, but if you think it's possible, and doing the treadmill earlier in the day is doable for you, then give that a try and see what happens.

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2/9/14 5:36 P

I exercise much harder, and as late as 8PM and it does not disturb my sleep.

Your husband is full of it. Look at your diet, caffeine intake and other factors in your life. It could just be a coincidence too.

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2/9/14 5:07 P

I wonder if you need to vary the speed and time spent walking each day. For example, two days go for 30 minutes, 2 days for 45 minutes, and one day for 40 minutes. Maybe make two of the days walk only, where you keep your speed between 3.5 and 4 mph. I don't know if that would help with your sleeping at night, but it might. I know I can't handle doing intervals everyday. I can't imagine that you would be going to bed right after working out. I read somewhere that you shouldn't do cardio within an hour or two of going to bed. Maybe add in some stretching each night will help with the sleeping.

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2/9/14 4:56 P

I did just increase one week not gradually. My speed varies between 3.5 to 4.5 for a slight jog that lasts a couple minutes. My times vary between 30 to 45 minutes.
I do love having more energy. I am not napping like I used to which is great

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2/9/14 4:49 P

Two things here. One, you said that you're not sleeping well since increasing frequency. Have you tried decreasing the frequency to see if this a problem? Did you jump from 2x/week all the way up to 5x/week? Or did you gradually increase the number of days (i.e., 3x/week for several weeks, 4x/week for several weeks, etc.)? Maybe it might help to go to 3x/week for 3 or 4 weeks, then increase to 4 weeks for the same amount of time before going to 5x/week. Also, what is your average speed (i.e. 3.5 mph) each time you walk? How long are you walking each time you walk?

When you workout is up to you. If walking in the afternoon is when you can do it, then stick with it. If you want to walk in the morning, the go for it. Many people do workout in the mornings because they know if they don't do it in the mornings, then it won't get done. There are people who workout at 3 am, others at 10 pm. It's about your schedule and what works for you. Me? I personally enjoy doing cardio in the mornings and strength training in the afternoon. That's just me though.

Edited by: FIELDWORKING at: 2/9/2014 (16:58)
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2/9/14 3:50 P

Okay I have been doing this since Jan. 12th. The first two weeks I only walked two times a week. then increase and am up to 5 times a week. I do this at 4 pm daily. Since increasing frequency I am not sleeping as well. My husband said I need to do it earlier in the day. Is this correct?


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