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Sound Sleep v/s Regular Exercise: a comparison




All of us are familiar with the adage "Health is Wealth". But how far are we acquainted with its nuances - those old-school principles of disciplined routine and general well-being?

The most important elements that help us lead an active and healthy lifestyle are nutritious food, regular physical exercise and sound sleep during the night.


Why does one require adequate sleep?

Urban life has changed drastically over the last few years. Today, we are caught up in 9-5 jobs that extend till 8.00 or 9.00 at night or juggle alternative shifts of night and day work routine, putting our biological clock under stress and constant change. This overindulgence in work leads to an increase in fatigue and leads to sickness in most cases.


Most individuals are unaware of the benefits of good and adequate sleep. It is advised by doctors and health experts to have at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep as this helps to relieve all physical fatigue and rejuvenates your body.


How important is physical exercise?

We can all agree that over the last few years, our dietary habits and food consumption patterns have changed to a great extent. We thrive on junk food, and dine-outs, spend most of our free time on couches and snuggle into our comfort shells, inviting more calories and subsequent health issues.


It goes without saying that exercise, in the right amount, is highly beneficial for every individual. In several studies and researches conducted by experts, the proven benefits of physical exercise in preventing and reducing health conditions (like Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, cardiac attacks, prostate and colorectal cancer, or even dementia ) have been established.


However, one must draw their limits with both sleeping and exercise. Too much exercise and lack of sleep or vice-versa can put you in a risky spot.


The advantages of good sleep and physical exercise:

  1. Regular exercise and sound sleep have a positive impact on your physical health, helping you to maintain overall well-being and lead a proactive life.

  2. When you prioritize your sleep and follow a balanced routine of physical activity, it has a positive impact on your mental health as well.

  3. Continuous physical involvement and good sleep can help you balance your core body temperature.

  4. Exercise helps you to strengthen all your muscles and tissues. When one pairs exercises with ample sleep, it helps them to overcome weariness. You feel much more refreshed and charged to start your day.

  5. Along with sound sleep, when you follow a fixed routine for physical activity, it boosts up your brain, eliminating lethargy and sharpening your focus.

Now that we have counted the benefits of good sleep and regular physical exercise, we must also understand the disadvantages of not having such a disciplined routine.


Disadvantages of skipping your exercise and sleep:

  • When an individual does not have a healthy physical activity, it can lead to chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes etc.

  • On the other hand, when one is deprived of good sleep, it can often lead to depression, brain fog, fatigue etc. It can even affect your appearance like wrinkling and dryness of skin, dark circles or puffiness under the eyes etc.

  • Most individuals who lose out on a good night's sleep tend to get tired and burn out easily or feel lethargic, affecting their ability to think, recollect and retain information.

  • Those who have a genetic inclination to gain weight can easily end up being obese due to lack of exercise.

  • In the majority of the cases, physical inactivity leads to increased risk of type 2 diabetes.


In a nutshell:

As suggested by health and medical experts, every individual must be able to strike a balance between good sleep and exercise. The routine of your sleep, the duration and the quality of your sleep are highly important for you to have good health. A lack of both or either one is found to have a huge negative impact on the quality of your life. When you set a routine, you will automatically be able to prioritize both sleep and regular exercise.

The simple way to get started is to create a basic health routine and try to implement and stick to it as part of your daily life.


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