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The Relationship Between Sleep & Fitness

There is an interesting relationship between sleep and fitness that is often overlooked. The truth is that sleep and fitness go hand-in-hand. If your patient is struggling with motivation or a lack of energy to work out, here are a few things to discuss.

How Sleep Affects Fitness

  • A full eight hours of sleep supports higher energy levels. It’s no secret that sleep rejuvenates the body and helps us reset and restore our energy. This directly ties the relationship between sleep and fitness because your patient’s energy can directly impact the duration and intensity of physical activity they perform.
  • Sleep deprivation can dramatically decrease motivation. A lack of sleep can lead to a significant decrease in motivation. And when your patient is unmotivated, they are far less likely to engage in physical activity.
  • A lack of sleep can impair judgment and reflexes. This can lead to fitness-related injuries which can sideline someone from physical activity for weeks or even months.
  • A good night of sleep may help promote healthier decisions. Studies show that when people are feeling tired, they tend to make decisions that are less healthy than usual.

 

How Fitness Affects Energy Levels and Sleep

  • Performing physical activity in the morning or afternoon can help patients feel alert and awake. Studies show that participants who exercise regularly may see daytime sleepiness decreased by up to 65%.
  • Light to moderate physical activity in the evening can help patients wind down for the day. While exercising in the morning or afternoon can help energize, a 30-minute session of light to moderate exercise in the evening can help patients decompress after a day at the office. Even a brisk walk outside in the fresh air can make a substantial difference.
  • Fitness supports better concentration. As a bonus, physical activity may help people see an increase in concentration and productivity.

 

Tips to Improve the Relationship Between Sleep and Fitness

  • Make a schedule. We all set a schedule for everything else in life, why not sleep and fitness? Suggest to your patient that they set up a plan allowing for eight full hours of sleep and 30 minutes of physical activity.
  • Turn off the TV. The not-so-subtle blue light transmitted from a television, computer, or mobile device screen decreases the production of melatonin in the brain which causes people to have a difficult time falling asleep. Suggest to your patient that they turn off these devices within 30 minutes of going to bed.

 

It’s important for your patient to understand the relationship between sleep and fitness if they are looking to improve their overall health and wellness. We also recommend that you discuss Seditol® from InterHealth Nutraceuticals for healthy sleep support. An open-label survey suggests that Seditol® may help reduce fatigue and improve sleep quality. Learn more on our website or by calling 1-800-783-4636.

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