Sleep plays an important yet often overlooked factor in our health and fitness. But during times of physical and mental stress, sleep is usually the first thing to go. It’s easy to skimp on sleep when you’re rushing to meet a deadline or trying to cram a few more tasks into your day.
When you don’t meet adequate sleep criteria, you’re missing out on valuable recovery time and can quickly become overwhelmed, stressed out, and anxious. These negative feelings then carry over into your workouts, workday, and relationships. However, if you prioritize quality sleep, then you’ll experience a variety of benefits.
Here are a few ways good sleep habits can improve your physical and mental health:
1. Improved Overall Health
A healthy sleep schedule improves your overall health. So many essential processes happen while you’re asleep. Your body uses this time to recover and rebuild.
2. Healthy Emotional Well-Being
Inadequate sleep can often lead to unnecessary stress brought on by fatigue, meaning you might struggle to work through unexpected situations or deadlines. Irritability levels rise and it becomes more challenging to deal with negative emotions.
3. Better Decision Making Skills
Sleep provides the ability for not only your body to rest but also your mind. With this rest comes improved cognitive skills and clarity that enhances your ability to make good decisions.
4. Faster Reaction Times
When you get the rest your body needs, you’re more likely to react without delay, keeping you safe and prepared. Rather than feeling sluggish during a high-energy workout, you’ll be able to move quickly and respond to your instructor. Quick reaction times also apply to everyday activities, like driving.
5. Stronger Immune System
When you’re getting the right amount of sleep each night, your immune system functions better. If you get proper sleep, then you’re less likely to get sick. Avoiding a cold is a great reason to make sure you’re getting the appropriate amount, as getting sick can easily throw off your routine and postpone your goals.
When you create your weekly routine, make sure you work in time for quality workouts and proper sleep to achieve your goals!
Burn Collective in Huntsville offers a variety of classes that will give you a balanced fitness routine. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.