Sleep, and exercise are the two main behaviors that contribute to your physical and mental health. But we often miss out to correlate these two factors and how they impact each other. A night of good sleep can provide you with more energy for your workout while a regular exercise routine can benefit your sleep. But, logging in eight hours of sleep daily while maintaining our exercise schedule, work-life and relationship can be difficult to pull off on a regular basis. Poor sleep ruins your workout and can create negative impacts on your life
Here are a few major ways of how poor sleep can ruin your workout.
1. Slower reaction times.
Poor sleep can slow you down. Sleep specialists say that losing more than two hours of sleep on your regular sleep cycle slows down your reaction time by 30%. This may not seem like a big issue but an athlete’s ability to react fast enables him/her to make fast decisions that affect their performance.
2. Poor coordination.
Sleeping is not just putting your eyes to rest; Sleeping rejuvenates your body and freshens you up for the next day. But, lack of sleep can make you feel more tired and restless in your workout session and this affects your coordination. The journal of sports sciences found that poor sleep resulted in poor coordination which could even cause you to lose a match. Thus, too little rest can make it harder for you to follow along with an exercise and makes you more prone to errors.
3. Increased risk of Injuries.
One of the major ways of how poor sleep can ruin your workout is by increasing your risk of injuries. Furthermore, the combination of slower reaction times and poor coordination can make you more prone to injuries. According to research carried out by the Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine, athletes who followed the eight-hour sleep routine decreased their risk of injuries up to 60%. So, if you get more sleep you less prone to injuries.
4. Slows down recovery.
Good sleep not only reduces your risk of injuries; If you are injured, you can bounce back much quicker if you’re not sleep-deprived. For your immune system to function properly, you need the right quantity of high-quality sleep. Failing to fulfill this criterion hampers your ability to heal. Research showed that wounds healed faster for those who got adequate sleep. Thus, good sleep can help you return to your workout routine sooner.
5. Heightened Fatigue
A study showed that people who logged in fewer hours of sleep time logged the shortest times in the gym. Hitting your gym after a poor night’s sleep can make you quit your session sooner than usual. This is because your body’s ability to deal with the hard parts of a workout is affected by poor sleep. So, a good sleep not only energizes you but also improves your performance.
A night of poor sleep ruins your workout in many ways. But it won’t be much of a problem for you if you get good enough sleep and you don’t have to be a perfect sleeper for this. If you feel like you get less than six hours of quality sleep, try to adjust your schedule to add extra hours to your sleep.
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