Sleep & performance

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.

6 Oct, 2017

6 thoughts on “Sleep & performance

  1. Yes, I am all too well aware of the sleep factor seeing as I’m definitely not able to get enough of it.

    On top of everything else that disturbs my sleep, I happen to have sleep Apnea, which means I have to use the machine that I can’t use all the time because it bothers my girlfriend.

    Usually I end up walking around in a daze through the day, almost like I have narcolepsy which isn’t good when you’re doing things like driving an SUV.

    It’s just another vivid reminder of how little consideration I get for my needs, when it’s so very important for my mental health.

    I’m sure it would be very helpful for me to be able to get a good night’s sleep more often. These are the times I’m reminded of why it is that my living alone may actually be a good thing!

    1. Thanks Randy. I tend to put sleep first more than anything because without a good night’s sleep it’s almost impossible to function normally.

      In your case, it’s even more important because you deal with sleep apnea that you not only sleep, but use the machine that keeps you breathing normally; whilst you’re asleep.

      There is no easy way to say this Randy, but regardless of whether the machine you have to use bothers your girlfriend, your health needs to come first. I would say that to anyone in the same position.

      It concerns me that you don’t get to use your machine and yet you clearly need it.

  2. I know how important it is to sleep and I try to make sure I get a good nights sleep but I rarely do. I get to sleep like a light switch, but invariably wake up and find it hard to get back to sleep.

    I clear my head, but when I wake up it’s buzzing. There is so much going on with family and work there is always something on my mind to keep me awake.

    1. The unconscious mind is the part of the mind we don’t always have access to and even if we do wake up, it’s coming from our unconscious even if we don’t know why.

      working it all out is hard. But it’s got to be done if we’re going to stay asleep. Of course age also has a lot to do with it.

      We sleep more when we’re younger, but carry less in the way of issues; primarily because it’s our parents that carry the flack.

  3. Yes, this seems to be overlooked a lot. All throughout my life, even as a toddler I slept a lot and never knew why.

    As I’m pursuing this very difficult diagnosis, my doctor told me my disability will cause immense exhaustion because of the muscle disorder. My muscles are very much smaller and lack tone more than the average body, so I sleep a lot.

    It’s pretty frustrating, because there’s so much that doesn’t get done as a result of it. Just going to the store for shopping or driving to a doctor appointment can be tiring.

    I have to push myself to do the simplest tasks.

    1. Thanks Bonnie. Yes, although you sleep a lot it must be very exhausting trying to sleep normally when you’re dealing with a muscle disorder. I appreciate and understand why you tire easily during the day, just trying to work a short distance can leave you fatigued as you say.

      I feel for you. The Cerebral Palsy scenario can also bring about similar issues, particularly for those dealing with moderate to severe symptoms. Not easy times. I’m here for you.

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