Freedom Friday: 3 Reasons to get a good night’s sleep

Welcome to another edition of Freedom Friday, where I share a variety of posts from recipes to healthy lifestyle tips and often a little bit of FUN! I hope you enjoy this post I wrote earlier in 2013 for a fitness blog! Wishing you a restful weekend!

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Let’s face it, we all feel better after a good night’s rest. Sleep just makes you feel better! But the benefits of sleep go way beyond eliminating yawns and bags under your eyes. Sufficient rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, according to a recent Health.com article. The featured article talks about 11 benefits, but in this post, I will focus on my personal top three reasons to get a good night’s sleep!

1. Stay alert! Ok, so this goes without saying… but more often these days people are overwhelmed, overworked, and over-stressed. Lack of sleep leads to less productivity at work, less focus in conversation with family, and less attention behind the wheel. All of which are so important to our daily lives, which is why we need to get some rest and stay alert!

2. Muscle Recovery. Athletes and non-athletes alike need to sleep 6-8 hours a night. This is the body’s only chance to recover from the day’s activities. Whether pumping iron at the gym, hitting the pavement while training for a marathon, or simply chasing a couple of toddlers around all day – muscle recovery and rebuilding happen while you are sleeping. Having trouble making gains in strength or endurance? It may not be your workout after all – it could quite simply be the lack of rest!

3. Trigger Creativity.  I don’t know about you, but I naturally feel my best first thing in the morning. My mind races with ideas, blog topics, business concepts, as well as my things to do list!  But, I believe it is because my mind and body are rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep! I know there are some non-morning people out there that likely think I am crazy, but consider if you are sleeping well at night before you say you aren’t a “morning person” – you may just not be a “good-night-sleeper” which we all know can affect the entire day!

P.S. I just saw this 27 Surprising Benefits of Sleep written by Emma of Health Grinder and I thought you should add this to your to read lists.

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7 thoughts on “Freedom Friday: 3 Reasons to get a good night’s sleep”

  1. I am with you on this statement “I naturally feel my best first thing in the morning. My mind races with ideas, blog topics, business concepts, as well as my things to do list!”

    Me too 🙂

  2. I’m a night person, but I do notice a difference depending on how much sleep I get. If I give my brain and body a rest once in a while, I can do more than just get through the day!

  3. I, too, am a morning person and I find being able to get up and get going in the morning makes such a difference for me. I’ve never been good with sleep–can’t remember the last time I actually slept for 8 hours at a time, but I get enough for my body and it doesn’t hold me back.

  4. So important to sleep well. I used to have a bad time of it, waking up 3-4 times a night, but I adjusted my habits and now I can pretty much get through the night with only 1 interruption if that. Very important for an early bird like me!

  5. Informative post! A good night’s sleep is indeed essential for the body to function at its best the next day. How many hours of sleep do you think your body needs for you to wake up feeling your best first thing in the morning?

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