‘Is it better to get up early to exercise or prioritise sleep?’
via Netdoctor.co.uk, by Claire Lavelle, 15 February 2018
‘”To get the best from your fitness regime, you must be well-rested,” says Dr Guy Meadows, clinical director of The Sleep School.
“If you exercise when you’re already fatigued, you’re adding more stress and not allowing adequate time for recovery. Being chronically sleep-deprived puts you at greater risk of major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. You’ll also be more susceptible to coughs and colds, and hungrier, which almost defeats the object (sleep deprivation increases the appetite hormone ghrelin, and cravings for sweet foods).”
In other words, getting up early two or three times a week for the gym is fine if you’re getting the rest you need, but otherwise it’s best to prioritise sleep.’
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