The truth: how quality sleep affects your workouts.
The better rested you are, the better your mind and body function — and that includes at the gym.
Adequate sleep has been proved to help motivate people to stick to their exercise plans and work out the next day, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
On the flip side, not getting enough sleep can actually make exercise feel harder, a study published in the journal Sports Medicine found. Sleep deprivation won’t affect your cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise, or your aerobic and anaerobic performance capability, muscle strength, nor electromechanical responses. That means biomechanically there’s no reason sleep will lessen your physical capabilities, but you will fatigue faster on less sleep, making it feel tougher to work out to your maximum capacity.
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