Sleep is easy to ignore and yet so important to optimise your physical and mental health and well-being, productivity and fitness. Sleep Fit assesses your personal sleep health and provides you with a plan to optimise your sleep. Supplement the Shape-Up programme with the Sleep Fit programme designed by Dr Dale Rae who will guide you to a better night's sleep, which has a plethora of benefits, especially in this day and age.
Sleep your way to a healthier life
Access for 13 weeks
3 consultations with a sleep consultant
1 week of sleep monitoring
Personalized report on your sleep health
Individualised sleep programme
Support and guidance to optimize your sleep
Sleep is the new “lifestyle” kid on the block
When it comes to optimising your health and well-being, evidence is clear that good sleep needs to be a part of your arsenal to protect your mental and physical health in both the short and long term.
Optimal sleep for weight loss
Scientists have shown that poor sleep increases risk for weight gain through interfering with your metabolism. In addition to diet and exercise, sound sleep is necessary to reap the benefits of any weight loss programme.
Optimal sleep for fitness
Sleep is a key part of the recovery from training process. Thus sufficient, good quality sleep helps you adapt to your exercise training to better improve strength and fitness.
Dr Rae is a Senior Researcher at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms (i.e. the body’s 24h clock). She is particularly interested in how sleep and circadian rhythms are associated with health, disease and obesity, athletic and work-place performance.
Dr Rae is also the Director of Sleep Science at UCT, whose vision is ‘a healthy nation through sound sleep’. Sleep Science provides evidence-based best practice sleep services to the public to help people assess and optimise their sleep, as well as offering various sleep education platforms such as talks, workshops and courses.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
1. How do I know if I need to pay attention to my sleep?
If you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep at night, feel unrefreshed in the morning after a reasonable sleep opportunity, feel excessively sleepy or tired during the daytime, or feel that your sleep impairs your quality of life – it is likely your sleep is sub-optimal and should be assessed.
2. How is sleep related to weight loss?
In a nutshell, poor quality sleep or short sleep interferes with your metabolism, appetite and choice of food, all of which can impair your ability to lose weight, even though you might be exercising and eating well.
3. Why should sleep be a part of an exercise programme?
Good quality sleep enables you to adapt to the physical training you are doing in the exercise programme so that you can become stronger and fitter. Sleep is also important to reduce your risk for injury.
4. What if I discover that I have an undiagnosed sleep disorder?
We will discuss the implications of the sleep disorder with you and refer you to the appropriate medical specialist for a formal diagnosis.