according to the CDC, more than 35% of people are sleep deprived.
compare that to the nearly identical statistic for obesity, & you realize that the connection is not a coincidence.
between living our lives, working & exercising, we're forgetting to get get enough sleep.
we're all familiar with two key elements in most weight loss programs...frequent exercise & good nutrition. however, a third key element, getting enough sleep, is often overlooked. in relation to fitness & weight loss|management, sleep is a vital component.
a great way to shed some pounds & improve your fitness level is to exercise regularly.
during exercise, you tire your body & actually inflict small injuries to your muscles.
to improve your fitness performance, you must allow your body to heal.
during sleep, your body recuperates the quickest.
getting ~7-8 hours/night of good 'ole shuteye allows your body to rest, recover & grow stronger.
want to lose weight?
sleep is crucial.
sleep suppresses your appetitie & raises your metabolism, all while allowing your body to rest & recover. ahhhh!
several hormones are affected by sleep.
two of the important ones in weight loss|management:
1| LEPTIN: responsible for suppressing hunger; produced by your fat cells
2| GHRELIN: stimulates your appetite; released by your stomach
lack of sleep: decreased levels of LEPTIN, increased levels of GHRELIN = increase appetite
enough sleep: increased levels of LEPTIN, decreased levels of GHRELIN = decreased appetite
muscles are TORN in the gym.
FED in the kitchen.
BUILT in bed.
so, aside from regular exercise & maintaining a balanced diet, we should all be getting 7-8 hours of shuteye every night.
if only it were that easy though, right?