How Well Do You Sleep?

Tuesday, 25. August 2020

How Well Do You Sleep?

Everyone knows that physical activity is an essential factor for improving our health. Sport has repeatedly proven to be helpful in:

  • building muscle mass
  • reducing fat
  • preventing disease
  • improving the quality of our sleep

Sometimes we forget about the last point on this list. Insufficient, bad sleep is an associated risk factor for health. It has an overall negative effect on the body and increases our risk for:

  • cardiovascular diseases
  • obesity
  • type 2 diabetes
  • depression
  • accidents

It is therefore advisable to get seven to eight hours of good quality sleep every day. This reduces the likelihood of getting sick. Weight training can help you improve the quality of your sleep. The main reasons for this are:

Back pain and muscle tension

Many people suffer from back pain and muscle tension and cannot sleep well. Targeted strengthening of the neck and back muscles can improve up to 80% of all chronic problems in these areas. Sleep through the night again!

Stress

If you toss and turn and can't seem to fall asleep, one reason for this could be stress - both professionally and privately. Strength training helps reduce stress and become more balanced.

Depression

Statistics show that around one in ten people suffers from clinical depression. Mental illness also has a negative effect on sleep. Strength training has helped many people reduce the severity of their depression for an overall better quality of life.

Anxiety disorders

Many people suffer from anxiety, which often leaves them awake at night. Exercising regularly has been shown to improve mood and reduce tension, reducing anxiety and increasing the quality of sleep.

Good sleep is the best sleep

Many studies prove the positive effect of regular strength training on sleep quality. Here are some other tips for getting better sleep:

  1. Go to bed at the same time every day and get up at the same time each day.
  2. Avoid caffeine and large, fatty meals after 5 p.m.
  3. Before going to bed, consciously take some time to relax.
  4. Do not use electronic devices right before bed. Make sure that you take a screen time break of at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
  5. A warm bath before bed can work wonders as it is very relaxing.
  6. Sleep in the darkest possible room that is not too warm.