We select and review products independently. When you purchase through our links we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How Walking in the Morning Can Help You Fall Asleep at Night

three women walk over a bridge.
Brocreative/Shutterstock

When it comes to things that will help you fall asleep at night, most of them probably happen, well, at night, right? It turns out, though, that what you do in the morning also matters.

One of the best morning activities for sleep is taking a walk.

The key to ensuring you fall asleep each night and rest well is keeping your circadian rhythm in check. Your circadian rhythm is basically the 24-hour waking and sleeping cycle your body goes through during a day. Certain cues and triggers can ensure the cycle stays regular giving you the most optimal rest. Walking can help.

How? According to Angela Holliday-Bell, MD, a sleep specialist, taking a walk first thing exposes you to morning light which helps trigger your body into an awake mode, but it’s actually more than that.

“Exercise can release those natural endorphins that make you feel good and even more awake, while also leading to increased deep wave sleep at night,” Holliday-Bell told Well + Good.

She also added that the extra activity can increase your drive to sleep, make you a bit more tired, and ultimately help you fall asleep at night.

Walking isn’t just a good idea because it helps keep your sleep cycle regular. It has a myriad of benefits. You can use walking as a simple workout, a way to boost your mood, and a method of meditation.

The next time you’re re-evaluating your morning routine, it might be worth adding in a walk.

[Via Well + Good]

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
LifeSavvy is focused on a single goal: helping you make the most informed purchases possible. Want to know more?