How a good night's sleep can help your exercise efforts

Getting a good night's sleep could help you have a better work out the next day, according to a 2013 study.
Getting a good night's sleep could help you have a better work out the next day, according to a 2013 study.

If you have been enjoying the benefits of pure garcinia cambogia extract for some time, then it's likely you have heard about the "feel good" hormones that can give you more energy and boost your mood. However, some of you may not know that a regular fitness regimen can also help you get a steady stream of shut-eye.

A 2013 study that was conducted by researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and published in The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine discovered that the connection between sleep and exercise is very intertwined. The scientists looked at a sample of women with insomnia who performed 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week. They then assessed the patients' quality of sleep at the baseline of the study, and again at four months after the study began. Investigators collected their data by looking at factors like wrist actigraphy, total sleep time, sleep efficiency and wake after sleep onset.

Exercise and quality sleep are linked
The researchers concluded that total sleep time the night before had an impact on next-day exercise session even more than fitness had on the ability to get a good night's sleep. This means that there is an obvious bidirectional relationship between sleep and exercise. It's important to know that these healthy benefits were not immediate during the course of the study, so it may take up to four months to see these improvements. This should come as no shock, as long-term wellness is often not a "quick fix" solution. However, this is good news for people who want to improve sleep quality as well as their weight loss plan in the long term. 

"Sleeping poorly changes people's perception of their exertion. They feel more exhausted." Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist and director of the program explained, according to The Telegraph. "People have to realize that even if they don't want to exercise, that's the time they need to dig in their heels and get themselves out there. Write a note on your mirror that says 'Just Do It!'. It will help in the long run."

Struggling with exercise motivation? Get some ZZZs
Sometimes it is tough to get out of bed some days, much less head to the gym. However, if you make it a priority to get to bed at a decent time, you may see your exercise efforts improved. Try "winding down" an hour before bedtime if you want to see improvement to your healthy living plans. You could take a relaxing bath, read a book or dim the lights to get yourself prepared for sleep. Try to eliminate screen time (yes, this means your tablet, smartphone, TV and computer) one hour before bed as well, as these gadgets are known to interfere with sleep patterns as well.

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