Sleep and fitness are intertwined. Just think about it: Have you ever woken up after a really crummy night of sleep not wanting to do that workout you promised yourself you would do that morning? We’ve all been there. All you really want to do is go back to bed for an extra hour or two to try to catch some quality sleep. The good news is if you do talk yourself out of bed for some morning exercise, you probably feel much better after you’re done with your sweat session. The bad news is that sleep deprivation can have some serious impacts on your #fitgoals.
Numerous studies have shown links between a lack of sleep and athletic performance. The results are summed up like this: A lack of sleep hinders the body’s ability to perform to it’s athletic potential. In short, if you don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, your fitness performance will suffer. And let’s be honest, nobody wants that.
Statistics show 1 in 3 American adults don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, so this is a major bummer. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults 18 and older get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Without it, you could be putting all that energy into your workouts, but you’re simply not getting the full benefits.
Generally speaking, some exercise is better than no exercise. That said, the winning combination is some exercise coupled with good quality sleep. But the fact of the matter is that if your body is feeling overly exhausted, maybe it’s time for a rest day. This is especially true if you don’t think you can push through the workout with good energy and good form. Sleep in; go to bed early. Then get back into your routine the next day.
Have you noticed a correlation between your sleep and fitness? Does a lack of sleep negatively affect your ability to get through your workouts? Tell me about it below!