When we think about our health and fitness, many times we focus on the food we eat or on our exercise routine. Many of us focus on both of those but too little people think about rest.
See the thing about our body is that it desires this balance in order to perform optimally and based on a crazy work life or school we often neglect the rest portion of things. Sleep offers us a plethora of benefits, from memory improvement, improved athletic performance and improved learning. However, the benefits I will be focusing on are improved athletic performance, reduced susceptibility to being ill and weight control.
Sleep and weight control
It is noted that patients with obstructive sleep apnea are frequently obese and are predisposed to weight gain. Therefore have an unobstructed night of rest allows for weight control in individuals. As lack of sleep affects the leptin in our body which by extension impacts our body’s ability to regulate our appetite. The inability to control one’s appetite results in overeating and as such weight gain.
Sleep and athletic performance
If you want to be able to lift well or perform any exercise-related task then adequate sleep is necessary. Note that adequate sleep for everyone is different, however, it is recommended that we get anywhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Research has shown that a lack of sleep negatively impacts athletes performance.
Sleep and illness
Whether physical or mental sleep influences our well-being and it is noted that individuals who get more sleep take less sick days that those who do not. Additionally, sufficient rest can decrease depression as sleep affects our hormones and it is at this time that the body does it cleaning and repairing. As such, getting adequate rest gives the body enough downtime to get its job done.
So how about you stop neglecting your rest. Your body will truly thank you for it. Here are some tips to help you get a goodnight’s rest.
- Create a sleep routine, by doing this your brain will know once you start the process that it is time for bed and allows for your body to star whining down.
- Have a set bedtime.
- End the use of technology 30 to 45 minutes before your scheduled bedtime.
- Try meditation, lay in bed and practise mindful breathing to allow your body to relax.
- Play soothing music at a low volume to help lull you to sleep.
I hope this information will allow you to think about your sleep habits and help you to rest easy. Remember that in a healthy lifestyle balance is key and one should ensure that rest is included in that balance. Until next time
Kisses from K