Is Sleep Really More Important Than Exercise?

We all love our sleep, and we also know how important it is to incorporate exercise into your life to keep yourself strong and healthy. Whether that exercise is a mix of things, or you just do certain types of exercises like strength training, bodyweight training, yoga, or even just a daily (or bi-daily) run.


So, what do you do when the sun is rising, and your alarm goes off and you find yourself too tired you cannot see straight. Which activity takes priority? Sleep, or get up for that workout. Read on to find out.

From the research of the National Institutes of Health, adults should be getting seven to eight hours of a deep sleep every night. Your sleep plays a larger role than you think when it comes to your emotional and physical health.

*Surprisingly, studies that have been done conclude that sleep loss is connected with an increased hunger and appetite. Overall, if you are not getting enough sleep you run an increased risk for obesity.

*If you are not up to par when you first wake up, due to whatever reasons, being sleepy is going to affect how much effort you are putting into your exercising routine. I’m sure we have all been there. You feel like each step or punch is weighted down because your body just feels like it doesn’t want to move.

This is going to lead to not exercising as efficiently. What’s the point in working out if you are not accomplishing much of anything, while at the same time you are losing out on quality sleeping time where you could be resting yourself to be more productive?

If it doesn’t make much sense to you, we are in the same boat because it doesn’t make much sense to me either. If you are feeling tired, don’t wear yourself out more. Just take the extra time to rest those eyes (and your body).  We all need a break, and if this is you needing one, take it. You’ll be better off in the long run.

Morning exercise benefits

Though some of us may love the workouts and have no problem cramming them into our day; Some dread when the time comes to workout, especially after a long day of work and running errands. So, common sense says, before you begin your day, take some time first thing in the morning to sweat it out a little bit.

*Exercising in the morning has plenty of other benefits, like releasing Endorphins. Endorphins are a chemical within your body that makes you feel good and helps you destress. In other words, if you get a morning workout in, you’re more than likely to have a better day off than if you have chosen to skip out on the morning moves. When you compare working out to a cup of caffeinated coffee in the A.M., studies show you are more alert and focused with working out than with that cup of coffee that we all crave to keep us going through the day.

*You want to keep yourself burning extra calories during the day while doing not much of anything at all? When you work out you are increasing your metabolism rate. When you eat after your workout, you are going to replenish your body, making you feel not only more energized also making for a better day all around. Research shows that after a morning workout you can burn up to 190 calories fourteen hours after the workout, compared to if you didn’t work out at all.

*We all know that getting yourself on a schedule can be rather difficult. Working out later in the day can lead to excuses as to why not to do it. Any part of life may get in the way. When you choose to work out in the morning it ensures that you won’t slack on getting the job done. This can lead to having a better routine for the rest of your day. It’s kind of like a “Wham, bam, thank you ma’am”, type of thing.

* Do you want to sleep better? A study that was done had participants exercise at different times of the day, some of those being at 7am, the rest at 1pm or 7pm for three out of seven days of the week. This study showed that those who worked out in the A.M. were discovered to have the longest and deepest sleep.

There are many different reasons why getting up and working out in the morning is good for you. Sometimes, though you are going to not always be ready to get up at the crack of dawn and move your body. Take this into consideration. When you are tired, sleep. Sleep will be better for you than trying to get through a workout while sluggish.

When you wake up squeeze a workout in before you begin your day. Even if it’s not as long as you would like it to be, it will do you some good. It’s going to give you energy, help your mind and body focus, and you will feel better about yourself. There is nothing better than having that feeling of accomplishing all that you wanted. It’s better to be proud, then have regret.

Wake up, stretch, and sweat out those calories to have a better day all around, but only when your body is ready to. And be sure to get plenty of rest to keep yourself ready for the next day.