The Essential Connection Between Healthy Sleep & Fitness

Summer is coming and that means it’s time to put away the winter clothes and pull out the shorts and bathing suits. It’s a great season to make sure you are at your peak level of fitness to enjoy all that summer has to offer.

Being fit not only includes physical fitness, but also mental fitness, so you feel great every day as well. There are three components that make up fitness. Most people think of the first two, diet and exercise, but many are now becoming aware of the importance of the third component, sleep.

Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, Chief Medical Officer at FusionHealth states, “Fitness is completely dependent on your body’s ability to recover and restore function. This is exactly what sleep does for you.” Learn how by watching the video:

The three components of fitness are:

1. SLEEP – How we allow our bodies to rest, recover and repair
2. DIET – How we eat and what we eat to fuel our bodies
3. EXERCISE – How we move our bodies to build cardiovascular endurance, power and agility

Many elite athletes are realizing that sleep is the key to peak performance. At night, when we sleep, we are not only getting the rest we need, but during deep sleep, our bodies are making growth hormone, also known as somatotropin. It’s this growth hormone that allows us to repair muscles and tissues so that they can recover and be ready for the next day.

Regular sleep also maintains hormonal balance that maximizes performance. Those who are sleep deprived have higher amounts of the hormone, ghrelin. Ghrelin, often called “the hunger hormone,” is produced by the stomach and leads to the person feeling hungry and eating high-calorie foods. On the contrary, those with ample amounts of sleep have lower amounts of ghrelin and higher amounts of the hormone, leptin. Leptin is produced by the fat cells and helps to regulate energy balance by inhibiting hunger. Therefore, with good sleep, you will not feel as hungry and can make healthier food choices.

So remember, when you are looking to improve your fitness for the summer, make sure getting a good night’s sleep is part of your plan.

Should you have any questions or like any assistance on your path to better sleep, contact the FusionHealth Participant Resource Center at or 1-877-615-7257.

The Essential Connection Between Healthy Sleep & Fitness