I have not been sleeping well lately at all. I’ve been blaming it on stress at work, and that is probably still very true. But I have also started to seriously entertain the possibility that my lack of exercise after my injury has adversely affected my sleep patterns.
I keep saying it, but it’s important to mention again, I have never in my life been athletic before these last two years. So I’m not used to sports injuries, and I’m not used to actually missing going to the gym! Therefore, I’ve been asking people who have been athletic if lack of exercise affects their sleep. It turns out it really does!
That may seem like a no-brainer to some of you, and maybe I’m just slow, but I’m really hoping that’s at least part of the issue. Because it’s an easy one to fix – I’m hoping to get back to the gym this week. I am planning on just scaling or substituting any exercises that would be hard on my injury with injury-friendly exercises. After almost 3 weeks, I’m pretty anxious to get back at it!
I was actually really hoping to get back to the gym on Monday, but my sleep got in the way of that. My problem is that I have something planned every day after work this week, so I have to go in the morning if I’m going to make it. But without sleeping well, going in the morning is difficult. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle! So I missed Monday, yesterday, and today. I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll have better luck.
Meanwhile – my diet is still in check and therefore I’m actually feeling really good about myself. I’m proud and happy that I have been able to keep my eating in check this whole time and therefore I didn’t gain a lot of weight due to my inactivity. In fact – I actually weigh less now than I did when the injury happened! It never ceases to amaze me how important eating is.
Do you have any tips or tricks for sleeping better? Do you find you don’t sleep as well if you’re not exercising?