Everyone knows that sleep is an important part of good health! When you sleep, your metabolism works better, you’re less prone to snacking during the day, and you’re mentally sharper. Basically, a good night of rest puts you in the best mental and physical condition to get fit during the day. But when it comes time to your early morning workout and you find yourself feeling sleep deprived, the question is, which is more important? Should you get a few more hours of sleep or work out early? Read on to find out more…
How Much Sleep?
The average person needs 6 ½ to 8 hours of sleep per night in order to have “enough” sleep. If you’re not getting that much sleep, it’s likely that you are going to feel sleep deprived. Over the course of a few weeks and months of missing sleep, you’ll start showing symptoms. You’ll feel more tired, less alert, your metabolism may slow down, and your concentration will struggle. Your goal should be to get a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep per night—however much your body tells you that you need!
When Can You Exercise?
However, some people find that the only time they can fit in exercise is if they work out early in the morning. They’re too busy during the day to take a break from work to hit the gym, and after work, they’ve got other responsibilities or activities to occupy their time. This means that the early morning workout is the only time they can fit it in, so they have to get up earlier.
Lack of Sleep and Poor Exercise
It turns out that getting a better night’s sleep can actually help you work out harder the next day. Studies have shown that people who sleep their full recommended hours will work out harder—and longer—the following day. Just sleeping the 7 to 8 hours your body needs gives you greater stamina, helps to boost your energy production, and keeps you working harder and better when it comes time to work out.
Better Sleep = Better Exercise = Better Sleep
It’s a pretty neat cycle, one that will show improvement all around! When you sleep well, you’re more likely to exercise during the day (or the next day), and the quality of that exercise will be better. Which, in turn, will improve the quality of your sleep. Studies have proven that people sleep better at night when they perform exercise during the day. You’ll be more tired in the evening—both in mind and body—and thus much more likely to slip into sleep than you would be had you not fit in a workout.
Exercise Can Help Insomnia
According to plenty of scientific research, exercise can help to manage insomnia. People who do a workout during the day—even on no sleep—can find their sleep quality improved at night. Not only will they sleep better, but they’ll fall asleep faster and be far less likely to wake up during the night.
Sleep In or Work Out Early?
It all comes down to how well you slept! If you have a hard time sleeping at night, maybe it’s better to stay in bed and make sure you get those 7 or 8 hours of sleep. Insomniacs, however, may find they sleep better at night when they did an early morning workout, so it could be worth getting up for an early morning workout. And if you got a full night of sleep, it’s definitely better to get up and fit in your morning exercise!