Importance of Sleep and its affect on Fitness

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that sleep plays a crucial role on your physical fitness. Some things are obvious, while others may not be so obvious. Regardless your fitness goals, depriving yourself of sleep it making you miserable and ultimately, diminishing your efforts.

General Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Everybody has felt the effects of sleep deprivation at least once in their lives, but more likely than not, it’s a regular thing. These effects are things like grogginess, an inability to focus, and fatigue are some of the most common. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to depression, hormone imbalance, diabetes type 2, and obesity. Additionally, it’s believed that as much as 30% of the American workers are sleep deprived. Unfortunately, people who are often sleep deprived no longer notice the physical effects.

Sleep Deprivation’s Affect on Fitness

Now, let’s talk about why that matters to you and how it effects your ability to achieve your fitness goals. From the top, the grogginess, inability to focus, and fatigue go somewhat hand-in-hand. When you’re fatigued, you won’t feel like exercising. The inability to focus and the grogginess would make it harder for you to stick to your goals and to not care about it. In fact, sleep deprivation has shown to affect food choices in young men (increased portion size and more likely to eat low quality foods). Another key point is, during REM, your body produces HGH (Human Growth Hormone), which plays a vital role in building muscle and burning fat.

The above only brushes over how important sleep truly is. For some, regardless of whether or not you recognize how important sleep is, it’s a luxury that life isn’t rewarding you with right now. I personally have great difficulty falling asleep sometimes (which I’m working to resolve and will definitely be writing about in the near future), and some nights, I lay in bed for 5-6 hours and eventually just give up.

I’d love to get your feedback, if this post taught you something or if you have something to add, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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4 comments on “Importance of Sleep and its affect on Fitness
  1. CJ says:

    Hey Alex,
    As “expert” in sleeping I have some suggestions. First thing first – make a habit of sleep. Like whatever happens go to sleep at certain hour of the day, let’s say 10 PM. And wake up at certain time too. It is said that the best of sleep is 7-8h, so 10+8 = 6 a.m. or etc.
    The most important thing is to keep good timing until it becomes a habit of yours. At first it might be difficult to go to sleep (because you wouldn’t want to go) but after a while you get used to it and (believe it or not) you won’t need alarm clock anymore. Your body will get used to go to sleep at certain hour and wake up at certain hour and most of the time you will wake up 5-10 minutes before alarm goes off. Have tested that myself since I have been in need of waking up 5 am daily and went to sleep at 10pm.

    Second this is – you won’t fall asleep unless your head is clear. That might sound strange but it’s real. Spend some time in internet and search for meditation practice. You might fall asleep during them at first but while you progress you will get a habit of thinking of nothing while meditating and you can do it while in bed and you don’t need any special poses to sit in and etc.
    And again it becomes a habit in a while, you won’t think of anything before you go to sleep (without any meditation in a long run) and then all you can say is you close your eyes, you open them and it’s 7 am sharp (or whatever you need).

    If that is not the option, just look through the day at your mind before you go to sleep (we are smart creatures) and find some good moment of the day and things you need to work on, make a peace with yourself, one day at a time.

    And for best sleeping experience you combine all these above plus make sure the place is dark (no lamps chargers TV led’s or whatsoever), it’s full of fresh air (bit cold is better) and boom, there it goes.

    It had written this just to help you out (or any other person around) as you put your info to the site to help people out.
    If you have any questions or didn’t get something get back to me, and hopefully I will be able to help you out.

    • Alex says:

      Excellent comment! Thank you for taking the time to write this out (and sorry it took so long for me to approve it). If you’re OK with it, I’d like to write a post on getting to sleep easier and include your tips.

  2. . says:

    Your not eating enough, increase your carbs for the day and the sleep issue will go away.
    All the best.

    • Alex says:

      Thanks for the tip. I did some research on the relationship between carbohydrates and sleep and you’re right. Carbs can have a positive impact on sleep. I’ll do some in depth research on this and add it into the article. Or better yet, I’ll probably write a new article on how to improve one’s sleep. Thanks again.

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