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Nighttime Exercise May Help Sleep, Not Hinder It

By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

I'm a morning person in the sense that I like to get up early to watch TV, have a few cups of tea, and read the paper. I've never been someone who squeezes in a 6AM spin class before heading to the office, and despite years of hearing from trainers that you burn more fat in morning workouts and feel more energized after them, I've accepted the fact that I will run at night for the rest of my life.

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And according to a few new studies, that's probably nothing to sweat over: In Finland, 11 volunteers with normal sleeping habits rode a stationary bike until they were exhausted within three hours of bedtime. Despite higher heart rates, they fell asleep faster and had a deeper sleep than on nights when they did not exercise. A Belgian study had nine volunteers bike for 60 minutes two hours before bedtime and had similar results.

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Now I'm resting easy, and enjoying my lazy mornings, guilt-free.

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