While striving for improved physical fitness, many Americans overlook sleep’s vital role in achieving optimal physical performance. Research reveals that sleep deprivation can affect us physically – negatively impacting coordination, agility, mood and energy. In turn, physical activity can improve your sleep quality. In fact, the Better Sleep Council sponsored a national consumer survey to gauge attitudes related to sleep and physical performance.
Sleep Wakes Up Your Fitness Routine
Americans who get 7 hours of sleep or more are more likely to engage in higher-intensity workouts (biking, running, weight lifting) than people who don’t get as much sleep.
Solid sleep boosts energy
People who sleep well feel benefits in many ways.
- Nearly one-third (32%) of Americans say the best thing about getting a good night’s sleep is improved physical energy
- 30% of respondents also said sound sleep positively impacts their mental attitude
- 24% of those surveyed said a good night’s sleep impacts their alertness
Sleep is the best workout motivator
If you need to get to the gym, getting a good night’s sleep will help get you there.
- Seven in 10 Americans report that a restful night in bed makes them more likely to work out the next day
- 38% of women say that they are more likely to have a better workout after a night of peaceful sleep, compared to 28% of men
The secret to sweet dreams
To sleep better, get a new mattress.
- Survey respondents who catch the most winks at night (7-8 hours) tended to report that they sleep on newer mattresses
A newer mattress wakes the body up
A newer mattress is linked to more exercise.
- Consumers who sleep on newer mattresses (1-4 years old) are more likely to engage in physical activities than those who sleep on older mattresses
Survey Details: Better Sleep Council, 2008