You might think that the actual exercise you do is the most important part of an exercise routine, but you would be wrong. The most important part of your regimen is going to be the quality and quantity of sleep that you get before and afterward. Here’s how sleep makes sure that your exercise happens and happens well.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
You might be able to get by on four hours of sleep, but you won’t do well with that level of sleep, no matter how high quality your sleep is. You need at a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep to be your happiest, healthiest self.
1. Improves Energy Levels
You cannot get a good workout if you don’t have enough energy to get on the treadmill or lift the weights. Getting a good night’s sleep is the only way for you to get that mental and physical energy that you need in order to exercise well.
2. Encourages Improved Eating Habits
When we don’t sleep well, our bodies struggle to send us the right signals to our brain. One of the most common issues with not getting enough sleep is that our bodies think that more food than we do. We are also more likely to carbs and fatty foods that are not as good for us than we are when we are well rested. This leads to trouble when it comes to making sure you have the nutrients that you need in order to exercise.
3. Reduces Chance of Injury
You are more likely to get injured when you aren’t well rested because you aren’t going to have the mental wherewithal to think through decisions. You are more likely to take risks when you aren’t well-rested, and you are also going to be clumsier. This leads to a much higher chance of injury when you’ve gone without enough sleep.
4. Helps Body to Heal from Workouts, Injuries
Sleep itself is when your body heals from the strain of daily life and any injuries that you sustain while exercising. If you don’t spend that time healing, you aren’t going to be able to do what you need to do.
5. Helps Encourage Muscle Growth
The time while you sleep is also the time when your muscles knit back together and grow stronger. You can’t produce the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) without giving your body time to do so, and to use it.
If you find yourself struggling to sleep on a regular basis, talk to your doctor. There might be a medical reason behind your sleep issues and it is much better to get those taken care of before they become even more serious issues. You might also want to avoid doing heavy workouts in the hours before bed. When your adrenaline and heart are racing, you are going to struggle with actually falling asleep at night.You also might need to replace your mattress, so do some research on that to see if it would help you.