Getting enough Sleep is just as important for your Health as Exercise and Good Nutrition.
Sleep deprivation can not only lead to a higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke, but it also plays a vital role in any fitness and weightloss goals you may have.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, lack of Sleep can cause your cortisol levels to rise – this is the stress hormone that is frequently associated with fat gain and activates your brain to feel hungry which can affect your diet and eating habits. .
If you’re wanting to gain muscle, not getting enough Sleep decreases protein synthesis (your body’s ability to make muscle) and can lead to a higher risk of injuries as your recovery from exercise is also impacted – without enough quality sleep, your body cannot fully recover.
To be able to train at your optimum fitness level, its also very important as while you are asleep, your body is busy recharging and gives your mind and body the rest it needs to perform at it’s best.
While sleep requirements vary from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
Time to dim those lights, switch off your phone, snuggle into a cosy bed and get some zzzzzzzz………