Another myth misses the mark

Everyone knows that exercising at night makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep, right?

Well, maybe not.

In a very small study of 11 middle-aged healthy male volunteers, researchers found not only that afternoon and evening exercise did not interfere with good quality sleep but also that exercise later in the day actually lowered the output of a hunger-stimulating hormone.

In other words, if you exercise later in the day, you may even eat less that evening, particularly, I suppose, if you exercise when you would otherwise be eating dinner, or maybe even lat-night snacks.

Interestingly, the researchers also claim that exercising later in the day led to a greater “effort” in the exercise regime meaning that the exercisers worked harder in the evening than they did in the morning.

So would this work for you?

Since this was a very small study on a pretty specific population, it’s really foolhardy to draw more general conclusions but what I’d day is that the only way to find out is to try it and see what it does for you.

Sweet dreams.