Everyone knows that following a healthy diet and exercising regularly can have a positive effect on your health. But there is another variable that does not get quite as much attention. And, in fact, sometimes our lives seem non-stop and avoiding this especially important thing is almost seen as a badge of honor and a sign that your energy reserves are limitless. What are we talking about? Sleep. 

Getting Enough Sleep Is a Must for Your Health 

Getting enough rest every night is not just about “not being tired” the next day. That is certainly a huge benefit but there is a whole lot more going on with respect to sleep’s effect on our health. Consistent, adequate rest (more on that shortly) supports brain function, mood, and overall health. In fact, not getting enough sleep is an elevated risk factor for a variety of diseases, stroke, dementia, and obesity.  

How Much Sleep Do We Need? 

The amount of sleep you need on a nightly basis depends on your age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need seven to nine hours every night, teens need eight to ten hours, and younger kids can need anywhere from 10 to 14 hours. Infants and newborns even more — up to 17 hours per day. 

Sleep Is Even More Vital if You Exercise 

If you engage in a regular exercise program to promote your health, make regular sleep part of your well-living checklist. There is a big connection between athletic performance and rest. When we are asleep is when muscle tissue recovers. And feeling too tired is a common reason many people skip out on their exercise time. So, when you get that 7+ hours every night, you are helping your body rebuild from your last workout and making sure you are rested enough so that you have enough energy for the next. 

Want to Improve Your Sleep Quality? Exercise 

The relationship between sleep and exercise goes both ways in that if you want to improve your sleep, engaging in regular physical activity can help. Exercise releases endorphins and raises body temperature — both factors that lead to good rest later. 

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, people who get in at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise may see an improvement in their sleep quality as fast as that very night. 

Get Some Rest and Then Join Us At the McKendree Metro RecPlex 

We offer a variety of programs in a family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy professional childcare, lessons of all types, a wide variety of programs and training sessions, and even team sports practices. We provide a one stop shop for even the busiest of families in the O’Fallon, Illinois area. Come and experience our state-of-the-art, full-service sports complex facility for yourself. 

Get some rest, and then get out of that comfort zone and into the McKendree Metro RecPlex. We want to see you here!