Exercise your way to good sleep



This morning, for the first time in a couple of weeks, I got out of bed feeling great!

I had an uninterrupted night of deep, dreamless sleep, and what a difference it makes! Some days I feel like i'm running up hill (Who doesn't right?), like everything is hard work and i'm pushed to my limits. I’m quick to fly off the handle or get easily upset (Ask Molly). These days usually follow a bad night’s sleep. A good night’s slumber leaves me feeling fresh, motivated and ready for anything. These are the days I like.

So what is the key to a great night's sleep? Firstly, I can’t lie, my children not waking up is a bonus but the biggest contributor to my best sleeps is certainly exercise. It’s easy to forget this when you’re busy and don’t have time to hit the gym, but this morning, I am reminded, as I wake after my first workout last night, for 2 whole weeks!

Not only does my brain feel balanced and rational, I feel slimmer, and toned in all the right places. I love that feeling when you've had a work out and you’re suddenly more aware of your body. It feels good.

Easter was a real overindulgence and after a week of eating healthily and now a little exercise, I’m sleeping better. Hurrah!  So if you aren’t sleeping that well, try a little work out and I promise you will start to sleep better. And what better excuse to treat yourself to a new pair of trainers? I have my eye on these pink beauties from Nike. If you’re going to get sweaty, you might as well do it in style.

Climbing into clean bed linen after a work out is the cherry on the cake.  Trust me, it works. If all else fails then I've heard that a banana before bedtime will help you drift off.


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