Throughout this series, Philips has explored the importance of sleep for well-being, and the ways in which sleep affects and is affected by different aspects of health. So far, we’ve explored the connection between sleep and stress, immune health, and even productivity. Interestingly, each of those can be directly affected not only by sleep, but by exercise as well. But how do sleep and exercise relate to and affect one another?
Exercise is a facet of health that has a profound impact on a person’s sleeping patterns and, thus, their overall health. Conversely, sleep affects a person’s physical performance both the next day and in the long run, and can lead to – or detract from – their ability to obtain the significant benefits that physical activity provides. The two are inarguably linked and incredibly important – as Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong, Chief Medical Liaison at Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care, says, “maintaining a lifestyle that incorporates sufficient sleep and regular physical activity is essential in promoting physical health and emotional well-being.”
Uncertain times have forced numerous aspects of daily life off-kilter, and for many, that includes the ability to exercise or sustain previously formed habits around daily physical activity. These days, with limited access to gyms, new protocols for exercising in public spaces, and other hindrances of this nature, it’s likely that for many, physical activity has been interrupted, if not completely stalled. That’s why it’s important now, perhaps more than ever before, to examine the critical link between sleep and exercise to promoting healthy living, as well as consider best practices for successfully weaving both into daily routines.