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Are You Experiencing These Side Effects of Too Little Sleep?

Are You Experiencing These Side Effects of Too Little Sleep?

Joan Schnorf

Personal fitness training programs focus on healthy movement. So it’s understandable that they typically don’t incorporate sleep. Unless you’re a sleepwalker, you’re probably not moving much at nighttime.

But your body needs sleep -- physiologically. It’s also a great way to reduce stress.

Consider how these side effects of too little sleep will affect your personal fitness training:

Lack of Concentration: When you’re short on sleep, your attention span gets shorter, too. It’s difficult to concentrate at the office and even more difficult to concentrate at your personal training session. Plus, it’s unsafe to perform exercises with a foggy mind.

Illness: When you continually skimp on sleep, your immune system produces fewer white blood cells, leaving you vulnerable to viruses – including the flu. Regardless which illness you’re slammed with, you’ll be forced to miss your personal training session.

Low Energy: After a long day at the office, you may be too tired to attend your personal fitness training session -- even though you’ve looked forward to it all week. And that’s taking a step back from achieving your personal fitness goals.

Be honest -- how many hours of sleep did you get last night? What about the night before? What is your average number of hours per night?

The minimum recommended sleep time for adults is eight hours. Less than eight hours will depress your muscle, brain, and immune functions.

Remember, skimping on sleep doesn’t just keep you from meeting your fitness goals. It also keeps you from reaching your potential at home and at the office.

Maybe you’re already getting enough sleep and want to get more movement in your life. To get started with personal training, call Fitness Together Ellicott City today at 410.750.2228.

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