It is proven that our sleep is getting worse than ever due to a number of reasons and is rarely at the top of our priorities with socializing, working and chores coming out on top most of the time (Healthline, 2020).
How much sleep we need and why?
How much do we need?
Healthline suggests that sleep is essential for:
- Maintaining critical body functions
- Restore energy
- Repair muscle tissue
- Allow the brain to process new information
What are the benefits of sleep for your training?
- Fewer calories are consumed during the day and as a result, achieve their body composition goals
It is suggested that a lack of sleep impacts the balance of hormones in the body that affects your appetite, therefore interfering with your body’s ability to regulate food intake correctly.
- Sleep is essential for growth and repair from training
- It allows the brain and body to slow down and engage in processes of recovery, promoting better physical and mental performance the next day.
- It can improve your training performance
Sleep provides more energy, better coordination, better mental functioning and is crucial if you want to optimally perform in the gym and produce those personal bests!
Alongside this, there are lots of other key benefits to sleeping from improving memory, reducing stress, decreasing heart disease or strokes.
Now we have established the benefits of sleep for our training, how do we actually improve our sleep?
- Exercise regularly, which can be easily achieved by using our booking app to hold yourself accountable
- Optimize your bedroom environment by reducing sound and lighting and having a comfy bed & pillow!
- Avoid electronics 1 hour before bedtime
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Don’t consume caffeine past 12:00 pm
- Try sleep and wake up at consistent times
- Make your room temperature nice and cool
- Relax and clear your mind in the evening
If you prioritise sleep like training and eating well, then there is no reason why you can’t make serious improvements to your sleep and perform optimally in the gym!
Let us know if this helps improve your sleep 😴