Getting enough sleep is essential (and often overlooked aspect) to fitness and weight loss.
How Sleep Affects Fitness: The relationship between sleep and fitness is symbiotic; when you exercise you tire your body and actually inflict small injuries to your muscles. To improve your performance, you have to allow your body to heal. During sleep, your body recuperates the quickest. When you do not sleep enough, you will stay fatigued and your performance level will drop. Sleeping enough will allow your body to rest, recover and grow stronger. Additionally, consistent exercise will give you better and deeper sleep and help reduce insomnia.
In an article about how sleep affects weight loss, WebMD shared that, “On average, we need about 7.5 hours of quality sleep per night. If you are getting this already, another half hour will not help you lose 10 pounds, but if you are a five-hour sleeper and start to sleep for seven hours a night, you will start dropping weight.”
Fitday agrees and reports, “sleep is a crucial factor in losing weight. Sleep suppresses your appetite and raises your metabolism, while allowing your body to rest and recover.”
Sleep truly is a very important factor in your fitness and weight loss efforts. If you are serious about being at your best mentally, emotionally and physically skip late night TV and get some sleep!
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