Sleep Tips: Exercise and Daytime Activity (STT, black and white version)
People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week. Exercise is beneficial to both physical and mental health and increases your child’s need for sleep.
The relationship between exercise and sleep is a reciprocal one. It’s easier for your child to sleep when they have been active, and it’s easier to be active after a good night’s sleep.
Exercising is an energising activity that raises the core body temperature. About two hours before bed, core body temperature lowers, which signals to the brain that it’s time to fall asleep. Therefore, your child should avoid being active or exercising two hours before sleep.