By Sarah Jones
Have you been working out and eating right, but don't feel as good as you thought you would when you decided to take up fitness training? There might be several things you're overlooking or doing wrong.
And SLEEPING is one of them.
The Relationship Between Energy Levels And Sleep
It goes without saying that strength and endurance are very important when it comes to fitness. Research has proven that people who exercise in the morning or early afternoon tend to stay alert most of the day. Consequently, they have improved performance in their daily activities.
Less vigorous physical activities in the evening have also proven to be beneficial to some people. It is important to relax after a long day in the office. Light exercises in the evening will make you relax and ensure you have some good rest when you retire to bed.
Getting into a routine allows you to sleep adequately and ensures you wake up feeling more rejuvenated and energetic. To boost this energy, a morning workout comes in handy to help you to stay alert.
Think of it more like a light warm-up jog for runners before the actual race begins. Your productivity levels will be increased and by the end of the day, at the right time, you'll be ready to get some sleep.
The Relationship Between Fitness And Sleep
According to Healthline, an adult needs between 7-8 hours of sleep. Adequate sleep rejuvenates the body. A person who has gotten up to 8 hours of sleep will have increased energy levels compared to a person who has not had adequate sleep.
When you're sleep deprived, chances are that you will either fail to wake up and work out (if your workout schedule is set in the morning) or you’ll be sleep walking for the better part of the day.
In the event that you DO get out of bed, there's a higher chance that you will not optimize your workout time because your energy levels will be too low to make you want to exercise for long or with enough intensity.
We have all heard of injuries during a fitness routine. Most of these injuries are attributed to lack of concentration, which can lead to injuries. Injuries can put the brakes on your fitness training.
According to AARP, proper sleep helps your muscles and body cells to heal naturally. Therefore combining sleep with a good diet, you should get back on track faster.
How To Improve Your Fitness With Sleep
We have seen how energy levels correlate with sleeping better and also how fitness fits in with sleeping better. For those reasons, sleep is clearly important.
Here's how to make the best out of your routine;
- When it's time to sleep, make sure all your electronics are either switched off or are far from reach. Your phone, for example, should be far from you because you might be tempted to watch just one more YouTube video or just check one more profile on Instagram and before you know it, 3 hours have whizzed by.
- It is also important to have a schedule in place. When you stick to your sleeping schedule, it yields amazing results. Consistency is key at this point. As you plan for your evening activities, make sure you have set aside 8 hours of sleep.
The Final Word
Sleep is important. Not only do you get rejuvenated for energetic mornings but you also improve your mental fitness. In addition, sleep helps you to achieve healthy and radiant skin. Forget your make-up and try getting adequate sleep consistently. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful you look in just a few months.
Sarah is the editor of sleepydeep.com. Feeling the repercussions of being an irregular sleeper for far too long, she decided to do something about it. She learned why sleep is so important and how to maximize it, and is now helping others who are struggling to find their right sleep routine.
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