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Another Reason to Get More Sleep: Exercise Motivation

It's a vicious cycle. You don't sleep well because you don't exercise and then you don't exercise because you don't sleep well.

Recent research has found that sleep deprivation is a key player in inactivity as feeling sluggish or lacking energy during waking hours isn't very conducive to exercise motivation and can cause excessive inactivity. Get enough sleep by prioritizing your day and trying to get to bed a little bit earlier so that you're rested and ready to get up and move. Once you put an end to one vicious cycle, you'll start to see a new happier cycle emerge: you're sleeping well because you're exercising and you're exercising more because you're sleeping well.

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BelleNuit BelleNuit 9 years
I work. So that means I have to get up early and come home late in the afternoon - I fight a lot of traffic so I'm home at 6ish. Then I have to cook. Where is my time for exercise? I can go to bed early but need to make room for exercise. And I definately don't like to exercise in the morning. Been there, done that. Any tips?
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I try to get plenty of sleep and if I don't get enough sleep at night, I take a nap midway through the day to catch up.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Sorry missyd, I don't have a solution for you. I usually head to be around 9:30/10:00 and wake up around 5:15. I do find that if I get to bed later than usually I have the roughest time getting up in the morning. But I force myself to anyways cause I know I'll feel better once I'm at the gym.
missyd missyd 9 years
missyd missyd 9 years
Ok, totally dont mean to jack this post, but I have something I need some serious help with. I have an issue with waking up in the middle of the night to go eat something!!!!! I cant get a full night's sleep because of it, and it is completely hindering my weight loss. I'll go to bed at 10:00, by 12 or 1 I am up and sluggishly digging through the cupboards. Sometimes it's like I dont even fully realize what I am doing. i have tried SOOOOOO hard to stop but I can't. Anyone else have this problem???
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 9 years
Yeah, I totally overeat when I don't get enough sleep because I'm so exhausted.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
My colitis interferes with my sleep. Sometimes (for a month at a time!!) I am up every 15 minutes going to the bathroom. :-( Thank GOD I actually got sleep last night though. First time in over a month. Oh, and now I'm probably borderline anemic again.. Dang it! During those times I can only work out twice a week at tops. I do take walks, but it's literally hard for me to hold up my own head. It's just weird. I am not myself then. Scary.
kia kia 9 years
Exercise is the first thing to go out the window when I have had insomnia.
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
My thyroid problems interfere with my sleeping every single night. Sometimes it's worse than at other times. Even if I get like 5 hours of sleep, I still try to exercise, because I know doing so will help me break out of the cycle. Plus, it gives your more energy for the rest of the day, which is especially helpful when sleep-deprived.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
for sure, 100% and lack of sleep leads to weight gain!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hmmm this is so true...although I have to say unless I consistently get more sleep for a week straight a day here or there doesn't make much of a difference.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I usually go to bed at 12 and wake up at 6:30. Sometimes I feel tired, other times I don't. I find if I go to bed earlier, I wake up like an hour before I have to get up...or wake up a couple of times during the night... I can never sleep good!
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
Hmm... that was pretty negative of me... let me spin this in a more positive fashion by adding that I do work out after work everyday that is possible. I bring my bag with me to work and hit the gym as soon as I leave the office :)
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
I just can't seem to find the right amount of sleep for the night... I usually go to bed at 12 and wake up around 7ish (at least I try to), but the days I go to bed at 10 and wake up at 7ish, I don't feel a difference :( I know it has something to do with habit, but I rarely wake up full of energy. I wish I could wake up earlier and hit the gym before work, but I'm afraid at this rate that will never be... :(
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