You probably know that getting a good night's rest is important. Have you ever considered the relationship between how much you sleep and the results you get from working out?
It's pretty obvious that being well rested will give you the energy it takes to get in a good workout. But there are other benefits as well. As the video from PictureFit explains, sleep deprivation harms your body's breakdown of glucose, which is needed for energy. Getting sleep also helps maintain healthy a balance of hormones, in addition to helping you lose more fat.
Beyond that, a lack of sleep disrupts muscle repair and prevents you from see the results you want from the gym.
So it's true that sleeping helps you exercise, but it's also true that exercise helps you sleep!
Exercise helps maintain circadian rhythm, which is a key factor for sleeping. When we exercise, it can increase body temperature which aids you in falling asleep. Even moderate forms of exercise, such as walking can help people with insomnia get that much needed rest.
What this means is that we can use exercise to help us sleep better, which can in turn can help our workouts do more for us. Recognizing and harnessing the power sleep and exercise together is key to getting the best out of a healthy lifestyle.