How To Unlock Better Health by Prioritizing Sleep

Learn how prioritizing sleep can enhance your well-being, curb cravings, improve workout performance, and more.

Curb Cravings
Enhance Workouts

In honor of Sleep Awareness Month, let’s talk about those Zzz’s. Are you among the many Americans struggling to get enough shut-eye each night? If so, it's worth considering the impact of this on your overall well-being. 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society say insufficient sleep is associated with various health issues, including weight gain and decreased cognitive function. Keep reading to learn the benefits of prioritizing sleep.

Curb cravings

Research suggests adequate sleep plays a significant role in weight management and overall health. People who get sufficient rest tend to lose more fat than muscle than those who are sleep-deprived.

Additionally, being well-rested can help curb cravings and prevent overeating, contributing to better dietary habits.

Enhance workouts

At Katalyst, we’re all about being efficient and effective–after all, where else can you get a full-body workout in only 20 minutes? But whether or not you work out with us, feeling fresh and well-rested helps you stay focused and energized during exercise, leading to better results.

Recover faster

Incorporating strength training into your exercise routine is crucial for building muscle. However, it's equally important to prioritize rest and recovery to allow your muscles to repair and grow. Adequate sleep promotes the release of growth hormones necessary for tissue repair and regeneration.

If you’re working out with Katalyst, it is recommended to rest at least 48 hours in between strength training sessions to give your muscles enough time to recover.

Craft a sleep-friendly routine

Improving your sleep quality starts with simple yet effective habits:

  • Create a comfortable sleep environment by keeping your bedroom cool and dark.
  • Limit screen time before bed or use features that reduce blue light exposure.
  • Consider incorporating magnesium-rich foods into your diet or trying supplements.
  • Reduce stimulant intake, such as caffeine, especially in the afternoon and evening.
  • Include carbohydrates in your evening meal to promote relaxation.
  • Set a consistent bedtime and stick to it to regulate your sleep-wake cycle.

From us at Katalyst

Prioritizing both sleep and exercise is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. By cultivating a balanced routine with sufficient rest and physical activity, you can improve your sleep quality, enhance recovery, and achieve your fitness goals more effectively. So, take steps today to nurture your body and mind through better sleep habits and regular exercise.