Improved Sleep Habits Will Help Improve Diet And Exercise Habits

by glenn on May 14, 2011

Some people can fall asleep before their head hits the pillow, while others can toss and turns for a while before finally falling asleep.  Some people can sleep soundly through the night, while others end up waking up once or twice in the middle of the night.  How well you sleep can have a profound effect on how you function throughout the next day.


Adults need between 7-9 hours per night.  The boundless benefits of sleep influence how well we do so many things daily. Sleep helps people organize their thoughts, be more focused, make better decisions, and be more productive.  If you get a good night’s sleep you’ll wake up refreshed and rested.  However, doing so just once in a while is not going to give you the full benefit.  Develop a consistent sleep pattern including a regular bedtime.  Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed.


For instance, if you get more sleep you’ll have more energy for things like…exercise! When the body is rested, it wants to be more active and wants to take more action.  We’re not talking about running a marathon, but you may be more apt to taking the stairs instead of the elevator up a few floors, encourage a walk with a colleague, or spend a little extra time in the gym trying some new exercises.


Plus, better sleep can help you make better decisions at mealtime.  There is no meal more important than breakfast.  After a night of not eating, your body is craving a nutritious breakfast.  If you’ve had a good night’s sleep, the decision to have a nutritious breakfast is made easier because you are not exhausted and reaching for what is most convenient.  Eggs are a great source of protein.  Throw some vegetables in them and have a nice omelet with a piece of whole-wheat toast.  Your body will say “thank you!”


It is recommended that before beginning any type of physical fitness or nutritional program that you consult with your primary care physician.  One great way to start the process is by getting your annual physical.  This will give you a baseline for your current state of health.  It may also uncover any underlying issues that you may not have been aware of.  It is also recommended to look for assistance for setting a course down this new healthy road by speaking with a personal trainer Manhattan, nutritionist Manhattan, or NYC health coach.





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