We all know that getting enough sleep is important for our health and wellbeing in general, but have you ever thought about how your nocturnal habits might impact on your fitness regime? You may not realise it, but the amount and quality of shuteye you get can have a big impact on your ability to stay in shape. Here are just some of the ways that getting enough kip can help you to keep to your exercise plan.
Lifts Your Energy Levels
That feeling you have when you drag yourself out of bed after a bad night’s sleep can make facing even the simplest of tasks seem like a major challenge. And if you barely have enough energy to make yourself a bowl of cereal or stand under the shower, you’re hardly likely to want to pound the pavements or work up a sweat in the saddle. Sticking to a fitness plan is hard enough even if you are well rested, but if you’re short on sleep, it could prove impossible.
As well as getting plenty of shuteye, make sure you have a comfy bed to sink into each night. This will help ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. To start the day with an added spring in your step, you might want to take advantage of home cyclo massage therapy systems. According to adjustable furniture specialists Adjustamatic, this technology can provide you with a quick energy boost.
A More Positive Mindset
Having a positive mindset makes sticking to exercise regimes much simpler, and this is another reason to focus on getting plenty of rest. A single night’s sleeplessness is enough to make many people moody and irritable, and a long-term lack of slumber has been linked to an increased risk of mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. People with these problems can find it especially difficult to sustain the motivation they need to keep up fitness plans. OK, so spending more quality time with your duvet isn’t a sure fire way to protect yourself from mood disorders, but it can play an important role in making you feel happy and helping you to stay focussed.
Strengthens Your Immune System
When you’re sniffing and sneezing, you’re more likely to reach for the Kleenex than your gym kit. It’s worth bearing in mind then that if you suffer from a lack of sleep, your immune system can be compromised, meaning you’re more likely to succumb to bouts of cold and flu, and any other infections that are doing the rounds. So, making sure you’re tucked in bed at a sensible hour each night could help you to fend of bugs and, because of this, it may bolster your fitness routine.
Helps You Eat More Healthily
As well as exercise, diet is an integral part of any health kick – and not getting enough sleep can play havoc with your eating habits. It’s thought that a shortage of shuteye causes a reduction in levels of the hormone leptin, which is a chemical that makes you feel full. At the same time, it raises levels of a hunger-stimulating hormone called ghrelin. Studies have shown that people who get less than seven hours of sleep a night are nearly a third more likely to be obese than those who get nine hours or more. So, if you’re struggling to stay away from snack foods or you pile too much onto your plates, it may be worth changing your bedtime routine.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lloyd’s Pharmacy.