Sleep In or Work out? Which is better?

After reading the title I know most of you are thinking I’m going to say “work out”, of course.

But you’d be wrong.

Getting an adequate amount of good quality sleep is actually MORE important than making your workout.  Now, I’m not talking about the occasional bad night.  I mean missing sleep on a regular basis either from stress, illness or burning the candle at both ends.

Studies have shown that a regular lack of sleep is linked to higher rates of

  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • depression

Plus, an excessive lack of sleep can cause:

  • aching muscles
  • headaches
  • general irritability
  • memory loss
  • ADD/ADHD – like symptoms

Driving while drowsy is associated with almost 20% of car accidents and more than 1,500 deaths each year.

In fact just one bad night’s sleep can have the same impact on your health as missing two workouts.  (See, I’m not prejudiced).

What NOT to do

Things like counting sheep, or lying in bed for long periods of time keeps your mind active rather than calms it sometimes making it even harder to fall asleep.

Sleeping pills and alcohol may get you to fall asleep, but it won’t be the good “quality” sleep you need so you wake up tired, sluggish and irritable.