"Honestly, what is that extra hour rolling in your bed going to achieve compared to a solid workout?"
Let’s take a minute to talk about what sleep achieves:
- Improved short-term and long-term memory
- Lowered risk of infection
- Lowered risk of heart disease
- Lowered risk of diabetes
- Increased life span
- Decreased inflammation
- Increased levels of creativity
- Longer attention span and increased attentiveness
- Increased efficiency of vaccinations
- Regulation of hormones
- Increased ability to balance a healthy bodyweight
- Lowered stress levels
- Decreased likelihood of depression or mood disorders
Giving up sleep in order to exercise is not an inherently good decision. You need that time to rest your body and recover from the day before. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, then increasing your activity is going to be incredibly dangerous. It can negatively impact both your mental wellbeing and your physical health. So giving up sleep in order to garner the benefits of exercise? That can be like shooting yourself in the foot.
Of course, there are a lot of cases where getting up a little early for exercise is going to be a good thing. This works well for some people. But there are just as many cases where getting up early would hurt someone. That extra hour might be completely necessary for their health.
So don’t feel bullied into starting an early exercise schedule or cutting your sleep short so that you can get to the gym. The average person needs a solid 7-8 hours every night. Not 7-8 hours of tossing and turning, not lying in bed for 7-8 hours - Actually sleeping that long. If you’re consistently tired and don’t feel rested, then exercise will not inherently help you. Make sure you’re consciously evaluating your routine and know if getting up even earlier would bring some benefits.