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Another Reason to Get More Sleep: Performance

Your lack of sleep could be affecting your performance at the gym...

The amount of sleep a person gets affects his or her physical health, emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity and now performance too. Studies have associated lack of sleep with serious health problems such as an increased risk of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

According to new research presented at SLEEP 2007, athletes who get an extra amount of sleep are more likely to improve their performance in a game including faster sprint time and increased free-throws. Furthermore, athletes also reported increased energy and improved mood during practices and games, as well as a decreased level of fatigue.

What does this mean to you? Well, get more sleep, even if you're not an athlete. If you're overtired, you may not get as much out of your exercise routine as you should. Besides, no one ever said, "Gosh, I am too rested to workout today", now did she?

Fit's Tip: It is recommended that adults get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. Don't have time? Then at the very least, try to fit in a nap during the day. Work isn't the issue, being a mom is? Then ask your husband to help you sleep an hour more tomorrow morning.


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Sandybfan Sandybfan 10 years
I get about 8-9 hrs of sleep each night and that works for me. I can definitely tell a difference in my attitude and eating patterns if I dont get enough sleep tho.
SU3 SU3 10 years
This is definitely something I need to work on. Working different shifts has totally thrown off my sleeping pattern - I'm getting used to it, but when I travel - it throws me off again. Oy!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I need a good 8-9 hours. I don't get how people even remotely function on 4-5 hours!
deanna deanna 10 years
I need 8 to 9 hours of sleep to feel my best. I usually get it, but when I don't I notice the same things (TShellyedWards) does. Yes, I too feel bloated without proper sleep. My weight loss was influenced by the amount of sleep I got. I guess there comes a point in time when you realize that staying out late isn't the best thing you can do for yourself.
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 10 years
So, true everyone! I, too, try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, although 8 makes me feel the best. I definitely can tell if I'm low on sleep... my skin doesn't look as good, I feel sort of bloated (does that happen to other people?) and I feel like I'm dragging most of the day. I also feel that I crave high-sugar, high-cal foods when I'm on low sleep. (Such as danishes or doughnuts in the morning instead of eggs, whole wheat bread, etc.)
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
I thought you needed less sleep as you got older but I find I'm so much more cranky if I don't get a good night's sleep.
Baby_Jatti Baby_Jatti 10 years
I like to get seven hours of sleep every night and I do on most nights. I make it a point to sleep atleast seven hours because lack of sleep not only hinders performance during workout but is bad for your health, skin and lack of sleep leads to lack of concentration.
krisua krisua 10 years
Very true. They talk about the importance of sleeping more and more, and for a reason; the life today is so hectic people tend to make unhealthy choices for money.
bygracealone247 bygracealone247 10 years
oh yeah. i noticed that when ppl don't get enough of sleep they end up eating more than usual. isn't that weird? it happened to me before though.
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
10 hours is my ideal, but it never happens. I usually get like 4-5, then go to work at 9am-4, come home and nap. I work at Old Navy and the hours are flexible. Sometimes I don't go in until 6pm, so on those days I definitely stay up all night and sleep in till 4pm. That's probably one of the reasons I gained so much weight in the past year.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 10 years
I don't get why people say 7 hours is a good sleep...when I only get 7 hours I notice a huge drop in my mood and alertness...I need 8-9 to feel my best.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 10 years
i believe it, sleep is soooo important for every aspect of life
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