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“Exercise reduces stress, so it’s good for sleep, but it also increases your body’s core temperature, making it tough to drift off,” says Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Joplin, MO. a recent study presented to the American College of Sports Medicine found that 7 a.m. workouts improved sleep quality
more than late-day exercise. If you can’t give up your 7 p.m. spin class, take a steamy shower after- ward. It sounds counterintuitive, but heating your skin and then stepping into the air makes your core cool down quickly—a cue to your body that it’s time to drift off.
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