Can resistance training impair sleep?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 20, 2022

Here's some great news for those of you who love strength training! Research suggests that resistance exercise may lead to improved sleep.

Study Summary

A systematic review found that routine resistance exercise improves sleep quality.

Randomized control trials have shown similar results. For instance, a study with Chinese older adults found that 3 hours per week of resistance training for 12 weeks, improved sleep efficiency and reduced sleep fragmentation.

The post-resistance training muscle fatigue and the recovery process likely influence better sleep.

The Hearty Take

To reap the sleep benefits, we recommend that you develop a consistent resistance training routine. At Hearty, we support the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans which recommends resistance training be added into your health regimen at least twice a week.

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