Update : Since I posted this I got the ugly truth of what lack of sleep really can do. I am ALL about being open and real so…. as mentioned below in my original post I have been coaching early classes waking up before 4am for a while now. Even though I truly do love coaching those hard working people I have now had to step away from early mornings because I have had my own health take a tumble as a result of lack of sleep. Cortisol levels are not a joke and other health issues if you have them can start revving back up with a immune system that isn’t functioning as it should be due to stresses on it (in this instance sleep or lack there of). Sleep is essential!!
Original post :
Do you get enough sleep every night? Or are you like myself and so many others who are good to get 5 hours on some nights. I feel semi hypocritical even posting about this, but it is also an eye opener for myself. Having to wake up before 4am 3-4 mornings a week for someone who rarely even thinks about sleep before 10pm is challenging to say the least. I love what I do or there is NO way I would commit to doing it. On the other hand only getting 4- 5 hours of sleep on those nights will take its toll. Long story short, I am doing this for myself too! So I am giving you (and myself) some benefits of getting enough (7-8 hours of sleep) each night, and in turn what NOT getting enough can do to ya…..
- Lower inflammation in the body
- Inflammation in the body can lead to heart disease, stroke, arthritis, the list goes on. Research has shown that those who get less than 6 hours a night of sleep have higher levels of inflammatory proteins in their blood.
- Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” it is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body when levels are in the normal range. Different stresses we put our bodies through cause our adrenals to release cortisol, which is normal, but with lifestyles in todays culture we are constantly stressed releasing too much of this hormone. When our bodies have excess amounts of it circulating, or if our adrenals do not have enough cortisol within them to function it can lead to numerous problems including belly fat!
- Not getting enough sleep causes our bodies to not be in “normal range” for cortisol levels, which not only leads to that belly fat, but also a not so healthy immune system (inflammation) and organs not functioning properly!
- Less vulnerable to infection
- When you don’t get enough sleep your bodies immune system is not as strong, therefore it is less likely to be able to fight off a cold or flu or other infections. So if you are sleep deprived and keep getting sick, this may be your sign to go to bed earlier….. turn off that cell phone and laptop and focus on your health! Put you first, without your health you won’t be able to get much accomplished will you? (Oh hey Candice, you should listen to this too )
- Less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
- Yup you read that right. When you are sleep deprived your body can develop conditions that resemble insulin resistance that lead to type 2 diabetes. In fact, according to webmd a study has shown, “that people in their late 20s and early 30s who slept less than 6.5 hours per night had the insulin sensitivity of someone more than 60 years old.” —— Awesome. Sign me up. NOT.
- Your skin will look better
- Have dark circles? Have dry sagging skin in some areas? Well your skin actually repairs itself at night so skimping on the time it has to do so takes it toll. Granted you also need be drinking enough water, and have your diet right too, BUT sleep is imperative to looking your best.
- You will be happier!
- True story. Sleep more, those stress levels are down, anxiety and depression risks are lowered as well. All tied right back to that lovely hormone cortisol.
- If you are working out, sleep is essential
- Trying to lose weight or gain muscle? Well I hope if you are after weight loss, lean muscle gain is part of the equation as it does speed up that fat loss process (but that is for another day). Point being, muscle is repaired at night, so if you are skimping on sleep, you will not get those gains or lean gains you are hoping for!
Do you suffer from lack of sleep? Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night or having trouble falling asleep? To truly get good sleep we NEED to get not only our butts to bed but good quality sleep as well.
I have started implementing the use of our Sleep strips most nights. I can truly say the nights I use them I wake up rested, not groggy and I do not wake up in the middle of the night. They contain ingredients proven to aid in sleep quality and get you to all 3 phases we need. Try them out and see what others are saying about them here!
Lets make sleep a priority, if we can get our workouts in, eat right, drink our water… then we gotta put this up there on the important scale with those things….. or we will pay the price.