Sleep- Health Benefits
Sleep- Health Benefits: Like most people for years I have taken sleep for granted. In todays competitive business environment many people are having to decrease the amount of sleep they get in order to stay ahead of the game – the importance of sleep has taken a back seat to caffeine fuelled all nighters.
What people don’t realise is that by missing out on sleep they are depriving their bodies of one of the most important processes that aids in recovery, repair and growth. What many people don’t realise is that we do not grow stronger whilst at the gym- whilst you are exercising (lifting weights) you are tearing down the muscle- it is during our sleep that the body is able to repair and strengthen those muscles so that it can lift more during the next exercise session.
How much is enough sleep ?- Most articles I read say to shoot for minimum of 6 hours but 8 hours is the best amount of time to allow the body time to recover.
- Enough sleep not only helps aid in muscle recovery but it also helps reduce stress levels in the body- when the body is stressed it has been shown to store more fat so decreasing stress levels is beneficial to fat loss.
- Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain by affecting the way in which our bodies store carbohydrates and fats- it also affects the hormones that control our appetite- studies have shown that people who sleep less then 6 hours end up eating more calories throughout the day.
- Without enough sleep your next workout will be less efficient again further decreasing your weight loss/ muscle gain goals
Other points of note:
- Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol all risk factors for increasing heart disease and strokes
- Lack of sleep decreases cognitive function – so if you are looking to get ahead on work don’t miss out on sleep.
Try for 8 Hours sleep a night- if you like naps try and make a nap over 2 hours long as this is the amount of time needed for our bodies natural Human Growth Hormone levels to increase..
So remember to Sleep
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