Balance Your Hustle – Effects Of Less Sleep & Exercise

By: Amanda Young

If you’re on that 24/7 grind with no control on when, where, and how you get rest and exercise, you very well may be doing yourself a disservice. One of the most important things successful entrepreneurs do that may surprise you (psst – it has to do with catching z’s).

Negative effects of lack of sleep

How less sleep affects your ability to be effective throughout the day

The signs of sleep deprivation consist of irritability, constant yawning, sleepiness, and daytime fatigue.  Some may cope with these signs using caffeine, however, caffeine is not enough to override your body’s need for sleep.

Lack of sleep can cause psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and impulsive behaviors.  These issues can greatly affect the way an individual goes about their daily life.  In the end, lack of sleep takes a great toll on an individual’s mental wellbeing by causing concentration issues and causing mental instability.

Negative effects of lack of exercise

  • Lethargy: 20 min low intensity exercises can decrease fatigue by up to 65%
  • Decreased metabolism, which can lead to weight gain
  • Enhances the feeling of sleepiness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • High blood pressure

How it affects your ability to be effective throughout the day

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 mins of exercise at least 5 days a week.  When you are exercising on a regular basis to improve productivity, it is so important to remember to be consistent.

Exercise is an excellent way to refresh your brain.  In order to get the best results to improve your mental health, it is essential that you perform an exercise that you like.  If you are looking to increase your mood through exercise, it is more likely that exercise will naturally fit into your busy schedule.  Another plus is that exercise will feel less like a chore and become overall more enjoyable.