How a hard workout can improve your sleep!
Sleep is essential for your overall wellbeing, including your physical health and mental development.
That’s why there is no worse feeling than not being able to settle into a slumber, knowing you’re going to wake up with bags under your eyes, lethargic muscles and minimal energy for the rest of the day.
Here we take a closer look at the importance of a good sleep, and why working out can help you enjoy a peaceful rest every evening.
What are the benefits?
Your body is doing a lot whilst you sleep; healing and protecting your blood vessels, maintaining a healthy hormone balance and building a strong immune system.
Although there are a range of benefits, here are some of the more impressive effects of sleep:
Physical health – Sleep has been proven to significantly improve and protect your physical health. As well as reducing the risk of health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. Getting enough sleep also helps you maintain a healthy weight.
Growth – One of the hormones sleep helps manage, a good night’s rest promotes healthy growth and development by building muscle mass and repairing tissue – ideal if you’re recovering from a workout!
Immune System – Consistently losing out on sleep means your body is less equipped to fight infection and you are more likely to get ill.
Personal Performance – Your personal performance is also positively affected by having enough sleep. Unlike those who don’t have enough shut-eye, you will experience a faster reaction time, deliver a higher standard of work and benefit from improved productivity.
Appearance – There’s a reason it’s called ‘beauty sleep’! Just like the rest of your body, your skin is also revitalised whilst you sleep – yes, it can help prevent tired looking skin and bags under the eyes. A beauty miracle and it’s free!
Will exercise help you sleep?
We all know that regular exercise keeps us fit, supports a healthier lifestyle and reduces the risk of many diseases, but did you know it also helps us enjoy a better night’s sleep?
Because exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety, when it comes to bedtime, you are more likely to feel relaxed and in a better state to slip into a deep sleep.
Regular workouts help your body fit into a routine, and within time this will help you adjust to a regular and healthy sleeping pattern. Here are some recommendations on how to make sure your workouts impact your sleep:
- Try to avoid night time exercise – getting your energy levels so high before you climb into bed is only going to make sleeping more difficult. Instead, try working out in the afternoon – or at least six hours before bedtime.
- Be consistent – if you want to establish a healthy routine, it is important that you workout regularly. Whether you are enjoying 30 minutes of aerobic activity a day, or pushing yourself with high intensity interval training, make sure you establish a routine for your body to get used too.
If you’re having trouble sleeping and looking for a new solution, why not join one of our many exercises classes here at Hale Country Club and see if they help you! Book online today or call us on 0161 904 5939.