Sleep Affects Workout

Are you too tired to come to the gym before or after work?  You may be suffering from chronic sleep deprivation! Sleep deprivation can take several forms, including not going to bed early enough, getting up too early or being unable to stay asleep through the night.

If there is no underlying medical condition, then your lifestyle needs to be considered.

Sleep hygiene is simply the habits you have for getting and going to sleep. Good sleep habits include having a regular timetable, especially in the evening, for unwinding and relaxing before bedtime, for shutting down computers and other electrical devices that shine light into the eyes and for reducing or eliminating caffeine, alcohol or stimulants

If a person workout in the evenings, they should be able to wind down when they get home and find exercising at that time of night relaxing. Not everyone does. Research has not proven that exercising at any particular time of day is best. It’s usually a matter of what is best for that person.

But here is the part that’s most interesting. The folks who are walking around being sleep-deprived and don’t have enough energy to workout are also eating 300 more calories per day than when they are well rested! (And ice cream is one of their favorite foods to eat when they’re tired.)

Researchers at Columbia University found that when women were sleep-deprived they ate an average 329 more calories a day versus when they were well rested; men ate 263 more calories. Overall, most of the extra calories came from high-fat foods such as ice cream and fast foods.Sleep

So sleep deprivation provides a “double whammy” for weight gain — that is, people not only eat more when they are tired but also may be less likely to exercise. They just want to go home and go to bed!


When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep ?