I explain in my new book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep why exercising too close to your bedtime can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.
But here’s one evening exercise class that could actually help you wind down naturally.
FirstLight Cycle is an indoor cycling class in Westfield London which harnesses the power of sunlight simulation technology to either revive and awaken you – or to help you feel more relaxed and naturally sleepy.
The full body cycle workouts are set in darkened rooms, with bikes facing a gigantic state-of-the-art 30ft widescreen which transmits pictures and scenery plus sunlight simulation – where you can ride through dawn light to awaken and invigorate yourself, through midday light to boost alertness and focus, or through slowly fading evening light that helps your body produce the sleep-enhancing hormone, melatonin.
So, if you only get the chance to exercise in the evening after work, this might just be the bright idea you’ve been waiting for.
To find out more about FirstLight Cycle’s classes, go to www.firstlightcycle.
And for more ideas on exercise that can help you sleep, see my book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep