Will Sleep Affect Your
Health & Fitness Goals This Year
1. BRAIN FUNCTION
You'll notice that when you're tired, you can't seem to think straight... decisions are harder to make and therefore your healthiest habits are harder to adopt.
There were several studies that scientists did in the early 2000s that looked at the effects of sleep deprivation, and they found that sleep has links to several brain functions, including:
No wonder! Sleep is vital for decision making, productivity and concentration.
2. WEIGHT FLUCTUATION
There have been many studies on the link between obesity and poor sleep patterns.
Also, on how getting a good night’s sleep can help a person consume fewer calories during the day.
Although there is not one 'correct' study, we do know that when a person does not sleep long enough, it can interfere with their body’s ability to regulate food intake correctly.
Therefore, lack of sleep can alter not only the way our brain works in terms of our health, but also can interfere with our bodies ability to regulate the food we are eating...
3. PERFORMANCE & ENERGY
According to the scientists, adequate sleep for adults is between 7 and 9 hours a night, and athletes may benefit from as many as 10 hours. INTERESTING FACT: Sleep is as important to athletes as consuming enough calories and nutrients.
. Other benefits include:
- better performance intensity
- more energy
- better coordination
- faster speed
- better mental functioning
To make the most of your sessions with us, your walks and any other daily activities, perhaps we need to look even more at our sleeping pattern :)
4. HEART DISEASE & BP ASSISTANCE
A risk factor for heart disease is High Blood Pressure and according to research, getting a good nights sleep each night allows the bodies blood pressure to regulate itself!!
Not only this, it promotes better overall heart health; ensuring your body has the strength to cope with any health considerations you may have or that may come about.
5. MENTAL HEALTH
If we've learnt anything from 2020, it's looking after ourselves, our mind and our thoughts.
Such things, are hugely impacted by sleep, with research stating there is a link between lack of sleep and depression.
ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Exercise can be hugely beneficial to your sleep
So... a combination of exercising and getting into an adjusted sleeping pattern could, well...
Change your life.
BUT, the important question now is HOW can we get a better nights sleep and what are some of the factors that could be affecting our sleep routine....
Long working hours- Ironically long working hours can impact on our sleep negatively. Working more hours with little breaks, means higher brain stimulation and when it comes to 'shutting off' this takes a lot longer.