Sleep can have a significant positive impact on your training, as well as your daily life. Here are just a few of the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of sleep:
Physical: Immune System
Sleep leads to many physical benefits, including helping you train hard and recover well. Another physical benefit you get from sleep is the effect it has on your immune system. Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night helps your immune system function better. And when your immune system is functioning at an optimal level, you’re less likely to get sick.
Mental: Decision-Making Skills
The impact sleep has on your body is not just physical. Your brain also needs enough rest and recovery time each day so that you can wake up alert and ready for whatever the day may bring. It might seem like a strong cup of coffee is all you need to wake up your brain. But over time, a lack of sleep can end up hurting your mental health. Poor sleep makes it tough to focus in any situation. On the other hand, good sleep improves your cognitive functions and provides the clarity you need to make good decisions throughout your day.
Emotional: Stress Management
According to the National Sleep Foundation, poor sleep coupled with stress creates a vicious cycle that becomes pretty hard to break. Any time you don’t sleep well, your body responds by elevating the stress hormones in your body. A night of quality sleep can cease the production of these stress hormones. But if you continue to experience poor sleep each night, these hormones will never drop, and the cycle continues. Taking time to unplug and unwind at the end of the day will help you prepare for a good night’s sleep and experience less of a stress response the following day.
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