NFPT Live: How Sleep Deprivation and Disorders Affect Fitness – Ep 34


Quality of sleep is crucial for exercise to be beneficial. Just like eating right is critical for weight loss. Hone in on your client’s sleep habits, rhythms, and underlying conditions to address their health goals more thoroughly.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Hormonal disruption (melatonin, cortisol) from irregular sleep (1:30)
  • What is restless leg syndrome? (4:30)
  • Menopause and restless leg syndrome (5:20)
  • Exercise considerations for restless leg syndrome (7:30)
  • What is sleep apnea? (12:00)
  • Sleep apnea and implications for exercise (13:00)
  • Sleep apnea affects 21 million American and contributes to heart disease, stroke and other health issues (15:00)
  • Why it’s important to gather sleep information from clients and how (16:45)

Resources mentioned:

Sleep Secrets and Science for Your Fitness Business

Does Exercise Help Sleepless Leg Syndrome?

Does Exercise Improve Sleep Apnea?

Neuromodulation to Treat Sleep Apnea

Some of our viewers said:

I get a nerve sensation that feels like hitting your funny bone but in my leg. It is due to S1 nerve root compression. It’s extremely unnerving. Sleeping with an ice pack is the only way to get relief.
“Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together”- Thomas Dekker
Fitness and sleep trackers can help also to learn one’s patterns.

NFPT Live Episode #34



Next Week: Episode #35 – Get More Energy Naturally

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About the Author:

Beverly Hosford, MA has been in the fitness industry for 15 years and is the NFPT Blog Editor. Check out her business coaching guide, Fitness Career Freedom and her Fundamentals of Anatomy Course. Find alignment in both your body and business.