Which is more important, sleep or exercise?

Exercise and Sleep

As a doctor you will know that both sleep and exercise matter when it comes to your well-being.

 

It’s almost impossible to function well with sleep deprivation, and the emotional and physical benefits of exercise are irrefutable.

 

So if you’re a time-poor doctor and you don’t have time for both, which should you sacrifice?

 

Over the past years I’ve been researching what makes some doctors thrive while many struggle. One area that thriving doctors master is their Physiology. Put simply, this comes down to handling:

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sleep

 

When I talked with the struggling doctors not one of them was unaware that these three things mattered, but they felt they didn’t have the time to handle each one well.

 

I heard this so much that I decided to look into how to short-cut these areas. Diet and sleep where the hardest to short-cut, but I found some really interesting evidence-based research on short-cutting exercise.

 

I found a study that showed that just 30 sit-stands (going from a sitting position to a standing position to a sitting position) spread throughout the day, gave the equivalent of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise.

 

So how can you use this as a doctor?

 

On days where I know I’m going to struggle to fit in a workout, I do ten squat jumps every hour. This gives me the cardiovascular benefit and also loads my body which is good for my bones. It takes almost no extra time so the only thing stopping me doing it is me.

 

So give it a go. Ten squat jumps every hour will be great for you, and you’ll surprise/scare/inspire others to do it too, especially if you do it in the nursing station!

Exercise and Sleep

As a doctor you will know that both sleep and exercise matter when it comes to your well-being.

 

It’s almost impossible to function well with sleep deprivation, and the emotional and physical benefits of exercise are irrefutable.

 

So if you’re a time-poor doctor and you don’t have time for both, which should you sacrifice?

 

Over the past years I’ve been researching what makes some doctors thrive while many struggle. One area that thriving doctors master is their Physiology. Put simply, this comes down to handling:

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sleep

 

When I talked with the struggling doctors not one of them was unaware that these three things mattered, but they felt they didn’t have the time to handle each one well.

 

I heard this so much that I decided to look into how to short-cut these areas. Diet and sleep where the hardest to short-cut, but I found some really interesting evidence-based research on short-cutting exercise.

 

I found a study that showed that just 30 sit-stands (going from a sitting position to a standing position to a sitting position) spread throughout the day, gave the equivalent of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise.

 

So how can you use this as a doctor?

 

On days where I know I’m going to struggle to fit in a workout, I do ten squat jumps every hour. This gives me the cardiovascular benefit and also loads my body which is good for my bones. It takes almost no extra time so the only thing stopping me doing it is me.

 

So give it a go. Ten squat jumps every hour will be great for you, and you’ll surprise/scare/inspire others to do it too, especially if you do it in the nursing station!

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