Many people like getting in their workouts first thing in the morning for various reasons. Some are in a time crunch or there are those who choose mornings to get exercise over with. Whatever the reason, waking up early can be tough, and more often than not, you are sacrificing sleep to exercise.
Is it Better to Sleep Less or Skip Exercise?
Personally, I’ll choose sleep over exercise. When I’m exhausted I am less motivated to exercise. I have exercised after being sleep deprived the night before and it was torture. I was ready to quit with each repetition.
A continued lack of sleep can cause:
- Low energy level
- High blood pressure
- Lowers immune system
- Increased stress
- Increases risk of heart attacks/stroke
Getting a full night of sleep is a much better choice. There is no need to sacrifice exercise for more sleep. You can get to bed earlier or you can deal with shorter workouts. I think a shorter workout is better than no exercise at all. You can always increase the intensity, use supersets, or use to get the most out of your time.