Posted by Team Slick Sleep on February 01, 2016
If you're anything like us, we started the New Year with a fool proof plan to get our bodies into top physical shape. Outside of the occasional pizza binge on the weekend with the kids, we've been sticking to our diet plans. However, the fitness routine doesn't easily adapt to swim practice, birthday parties, work travel, and everything else life throws at us. No matter what happens during the day, the sleep quality we get the night before will ultimately dictate how efficient our workout routines are when we can fit them in. That's why we also made a focussed effort to improve sleep through better sleep habits.
A new study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that night owls are more sedentary and feel that they have a harder time maintaining an exercise schedule. This was a tough one for us as the night became our respite from the challenges of the day. Netflix on the couch or a book in bed easily fast forwarded the clock to 11:00 pm or Midnight.
While our choice of staying up late can impede our fitness goals, this is something that is completely in our control to change. We can sleep, we choose not to. For some, this choice doesn't exist. A recent study found that people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) already experience difficulty in getting a good night’s rest, but they may also tend to take in less oxygen during waking activities such as exercise. Unless the disease is diagnosed and treated individuals with sleep apnea are operating at a severe disadvantage compared to others with similar fitness goals.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, or any other sleep disorder, we highly recommend getting a sleep study done as soon as possible. These sleep disorders require a professional diagnosis with a treatment plan from a sleep professional. Letting them go untreated allows for the conditions to worsen over time.