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National Sleep Awareness Week

National Sleep Awareness Week is almost here. Take time during this week to educate your clients on the benefits of deep, restful sleep. Getting enough sleep at night is extremely important for feeling rested in the morning and having enough energy to get through your day. While specific activities influence the amount of sleep you need, there are several aspects of sleep apply to everyone. Let’s take a look at the importance of restful sleep, REM, and napping (yes adults should nap too)! Benefits of Restful Sleep While you are sleeping your mind is still running a million miles an hour. In fact, through a process called consolidation, you are strengthening the memories that you acquired while you were awake; this means restful sleep will improve your overall memory functions. Not only does restful sleep help strengthen your memory it also reduces inflammation, providing overall health benefits and prevention. Benefits of REM: Rapid Eye Movement National Sleep Awareness Week focuses on the importance of REM sleep, otherwise known as rapid eye movement. It is during REM sleep that these movements occur. Your body will enter REM sleep about 90 minutes after you have fallen asleep. REM sleep is not constant […] Read More

The Benefits of Restful Sleep for Patients

In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, sleep is one of the major cornerstones of health. The National Sleep Foundation notes that many Americans get by on six hours of sleep each night, rather than the seven to eight hours most people actually need. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates about  25 percent of US adults report they occasionally don’t get enough sleep. Promoting healthy sleep is important for anyone in the healthcare field or supporting industries. The Link Between Sleep and Health During the period when humans sleep, the body carries out a wide variety of chemical and biological processes necessary for health. In addition, sleep is absolutely vital for brain health, and the brain controls all other organs, systems, and processes in the body. Sleep and metabolism are linked in many ways and the body’s ability to regulate many hormonal processes depends on getting sufficient sleep. Sleep Strategies A healthy diet with adequate protein is necessary for the body to manufacture the chemical messengers in the brain (neurotransmitters) that promote cognitive function, relaxation, and healthy sleep patterns. Regular exercise helps relieve stress and is another way to promote sleep. People who are having […] Read More

Increase Client’s Muscle Development by Encouraging Restful Sleep

You maximize your client’s time at the gym to help them reach their muscle-building goals and you teach them the importance of including a variety of exercises, switching up routines, teaching them proper nutrition. All of the bases should be covered, yet without a solid sleep schedule, they only see smaller results. As a fitness trainer, your well-rounded approach toward your client’s muscle gain is key, so don’t let your job stop when they walk out the door. Muscle growth and repair occurs during rest and sleep. This critical component of a health and fitness program can make or break your client’s success. If your client is not getting a full night of sleep, they are not fully recovered for the next workout session. A tired body and overworked muscle tissue can lead to strains and tears that can damage the body. The goal is to teach your client how to achieve the deepest level of sleep so that their brain and body are at a completely relaxed state. This is where muscle repair and growth occur. Sleep is divided into two stages: REM and Non-REM. REM sleep is the most beneficial and deepest state. If you have a discussion with […] Read More