Jan 28, 2021

Interviewer: When life gets hectic, it seems like the first thing many of us sacrifice is exercise and sleep. Dr. Amy Locke is from the Office of Wellness and Integrative Health at University of Utah Health, and you say that that's a bad idea.

Dr. Locke: Yeah, activity and sleep are crucial to being able to function on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, when we're busy or stressed, it's common for that to be the first thing to go. That tends to make things even slower and more stressful, and people sometimes experience a downward spiral. So when you are drawn to the idea of staying up late night after night working on a project, it actually might be more efficient to go to sleep, and then wake up feeling rested and get to work on that project again. So when things get tough, it's important to make sure that people set aside time for physical activity and sleep as part of ways to manage that stress.

updated: January 28, 2021
originally published: November 22, 2017

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