Although we know exercising regularly and eating well is the key to feeling great and looking good, we overlook or see that our sleep and quality of sleep is a contributing factor to how we feel and how we look.
When we’re keeping fit, we don’t consciously think about or consider how our sleep impacts our performance: we know that sleeping helps repair the cells, rebuild muscles and rests our brains ready for the next day. If sleep is poor, our performance will dramatically be affected. Just like calories fuel the body, sleep provides us with energy so we get to perform at our best.
Sleep is the most important element of our lives and lifestyles. Without the right amount of sleep and making sure our sleeping patterns are consistent, we will deprive ourselves of sleep. Being sleep deprived will have an impact on our hormone levels, which can affect the thyroid, the adrenal glands. It will also affect our appetite, our mood and how we think and feel.
- We must commit to a consistent sleep routine;
- We must also make sleep a priority. We should go to bed at the same time every night and try to stick to the routine;
- Cut out refined sugar snacks and grains before bed. They raise blood sugar and create a hypoglycaemia that can wake us up, stopping us from getting back to sleep;
- Switch off mobile phones well before bed time and turning off our electronic devices at least an hour before bed time.
The more rested we are, mentally the better we will perform; not just when it comes to exercise, but in life too.