How Exercise Improved My Sleep Patterns


Irregular sleep patterns are common in many on the Autism Spectrum and I am no different.

In the past, I have stayed awake for 24 hours and then slept benicar 40 mg.  I can generally stay awake until the early hours of the morning, regardless of whether I’ve to work the next day.  But I do get my comeuppance and I find that I wake up tired and after a full day at work I come home exhausted.

But there have been times where my sleep patterns have been more regular, for example after I got my first job and now in my current one. How has this helped regulate my sleep patterns, well at present I am up ridiculously early for work, which I do prefer. But I am also I am cycling around 3 miles to my local train station and then another 1.5 miles to my office and then the same back. It is this exercise, which I believe is helping regulate my sleep patterns and also improve my overall mood.

The other thing that makes me fairly certain my sleep patterns have improved as a result of the cycling is because the same thing happened when I got my first job when I was going to the gym 2-3 times a week.

I’m not too sure how the exercise is working from a biochemical perspective. Although I did read an academic paper, which investigated whether exercise increased the production of melatonin, which is a hormone that controls a lot of different functions, including the regulation of sleep timings.

So to all people on the Spectrum, especially parents of autistic children who are saying that their child isn’t sleeping try some form of physical exertion. As well as cycling I’ve also found that I sleep better when I’ve done other forms of physical activity, such as helping my parents with the garden or gone on long hikes.

Let me also stress that I am not a doctor or sleep expert I am just someone with Aspergers who found that exercise helped regulate his sleep patterns and is suggesting that it might help others on the Spectrum who are also experiencing irregularities within their own sleep patterns.

Thank for taking the time to read this post.

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