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Which do you value more: Sleep or exercise?

When you're going all day long, it's hard to prioritize your health. Oftentimes people find themselves having to choose between squeezing in time at the gym and getting a full night's sleep. Alarm-clock heroes love the gym because it helps energize them much in the same way that sleep does. But proponents of sleep say they wouldn't be able to function during the day–much less at the gym–without a full night's rest. Which do you think is more important?

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A new study from the American College of Cardiology proves that sleeping less than six hours per day can be extremely detrimental to your overall health. According to CNN's Sandee LaMotte, the study showed that:

Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart.
The increase of plaque, called atherosclerosis, in your extremities puts you at increased risk for strokes, digestive problems and poor circulation that leads to numbness and pain in your extremities, as well as heart disease.

The consequences of poor sleep have been known for quite some time. Other than general lethargy, a lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure, weight gain and more. Sleep is one of the best gifts you can give your body, and if it comes down to a choice between hitting the gym and hitting the snooze button, sleep is never the selfish choice. 

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But working out comes with its own health benefits, both mental and physical. Exercise reduces stress, improves learning and keeps your brain healthy, not to mention the many other benefits like building strength. Plus, if you constantly choose sleep over exercise, your workouts could suffer. According to Aleteia's Calah Alexander:

When I go a few days without exercising, my sleep is the first thing to suffer. I have trouble falling asleep and wake often, making me more tired during the day and even less inclined to get a workout in. The only thing that helps reset my system and guarantee a good night’s sleep is a long, hard workout.

Alexander advises: 

Even if your day is full, you can fit in some aerobic activity between appointments. Running up the stairs instead of taking the elevator is a quick and easy way to get your heart rate up, as is taking a break from your desk once an hour to do a quick set of burpees. You’d be surprised how quickly 5 burpees an hour can build both your strength and endurance.

For some, working out will always be the priority. Many choose exercise over sleep because of the happiness and affirmation going to the gym brings them.

FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Which do you value more: Sleep or exercise?
A festive crown for the winner
#SnoozeAlways
#GymAllDayLong