In the search of the ideal body and mind, many people fixate on different workout routines, nutritional hacks or new-age solutions. However, many fail to understand two key factors: sleep & recovery.
Let’s get one fact in order: sleep is vital. And we don’t mean in a ‘you must sleep 8 hours a day or else’ way. Yes, your body does need enough sleep but it’s more profound than that.
Think of your body as a complex factory that operates numerous complicated tasks every day. And it’s only when you sleep, your body commences the task of recharging. That’s why sleep and recovery go hand-in-hand, and you cannot have one without the other.
What Does Recovery Mean?
It depends on you and your reality.
For some physical recovery becomes crucial as they tend to expel a lot of energy which is exhausting for the body. Eg: Athletes. But also for the common man, the need for physical recovery is relevant and undeniable. Imagine, traveling an hour each way in traffic or via local transport just to get to work. Or being at the brink of burnout due to professional or personal reasons. Both situations are not unusual these days and not surprisingly, extremely demanding on the body and mind.
5 Signs That You Require Physical Recovery
You are constantly sore or stiff
You catch a cold and flu often
You don’t have the energy to workout
You are constantly tired
You feel just ‘blah’
But for others, recovery could be a pure mental necessity for the sake of your mental health. A fatigued brain can be a burden especially if you tend to feel constantly overwhelmed and emotionally and mentally drained. Mental fatigue is a malady triggered by continued cognitive activity. It sends your brain into overdrive, leaving you fatigued, thwarting your productivity and overall cognitive function.
5 Signs That You Require Mental Recovery
You feel anxious or get panic attacks
You are unable to concentrate
Your brain feels ‘foggy’
You don’t enjoy the things you used to
You feel disconnected
While the solution might seem very simple and straightforward, it’s hard to implement. Is it practical to expect someone who works 10 hours a day and commutes for 2 hours daily to do yoga at the end of the day? Or even suggesting to someone who is pulsating with anxious energy to ‘take it easy’?
That’s Why Sleep And Recovery Are Interconnected
Sleep is the most simple and effective way to give your brain and body what it needs. Not only does your body go through different stages of recovery as you sleep, how well your body rests affects how you perform the next day. If you tend to workout 3-4 times every week, your performance and athletic ability depend on the quality of your sleep.
Can You Have One Without The Other?
Nope. You cannot recover, physically or mentally without good quality sleep and when you sleep well, recovery is inevitable. It’s important to note that the long-term effects of sleep deprivation are real. It drains your mental abilities and puts your physical health at real risk.
So, Next Steps?
Stop taking sleep and recovery for granted. No matter how busy, exhausting or hectic your life might be, your mental and physical wellbeing should be your topmost priority. Track your sleep with Dozee to stay on top of your health and recovery.
About the author: Neha Ghosh is a health and wellness author and blogger, yoga trainer, certified diet and nutrition therapist and a hobbyist cookbook writer. During these days she maintains her sanity by meditating, eating vegan avoiding the news and watching dog videos on loop. You can check out her blog at https://putthatcheeseburgerdown.com