Sleep vs. Exercise: Which is More Important?

Let’s talk about sleep. We all need to get a good amount of sleep, but many people think exercise is more important. But ask yourself this:
Can you go a week without sleep, or a week without exercise?

You can go YEARS without exercise, but only a few DAYS without sleep.

Over time, chronic sleep deprivation increases a person’s risk of the following ailments:

Heart disease
Heart attack

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High blood pressure
Irregular heartbeat

Sleep helps the body physically, mentally and spiritually. Unfortunately, some people just can’t  fall asleep  for whatever reason. One reason they can’t is because they deal with insomnia.

Now if you want to sleep but just can’t, try these tips:

The first is to turn off your cell phone. Resist the urge to check your phone one last time while you’re laying in bed. The illumination of the screen can throw off your body’s inner clock and keep you awake instead of allowing you to wind down.

Another thing we can try to do is stop worrying about or analyzing our problems before going to sleep. The more we think about them as we lay there, the harder it’ll be to get to sleep. Not only that, worrying doesn’t solve our problems. All it will do is cause us to lose sleep or make us sick!

Another thing to try is laying off the caffeine. If you like to drink soda or coffee in the evening, keep in mind it has caffeine, which is a stimulant that can keep you awake. In other words, don’t have any caffeine 5 hours before bedtime.

Now if you don’t exercise, this is a great reason to start: according to some studies, exercise can help a person sleep better, feel less depressed, and have more energy throughout the day. Some people prefer to exercise in the morning, others prefer the afternoon’s or evenings. When you decide to workout is your choice.

There are other ways, but one thing a person must NOT do is rely on sleeping pills. If you look at most labels on sleeping pill containers, it says to not take longer than 2-3 weeks. Some people start to depend on them to make them sleep, but as time goes on, they may have to take more and more pills to sleep.  Unfortunately, that can cause more harm than good over the long term.

Getting sleep is essential to good help. Give some of these a try. Your body will thank you.

Get more great tips in my books The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness, and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for hard Working Professionals. Both available in paperback, kindle, and Audio book versions.

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