In preschool school you fought it, now you can’t get enough. – SLEEP!
1. Why is sleep so important?
- Sleep is a major aspect of health & wellness, one that is most often neglected. It affects all of our functions; cognitive, social, emotional, physical etc throughout the day. During sleep `hormones get rebalanced, `body & brain restores itself &&`it just feels sooooo good!
2. How does it affect nutrition/dietary habits?Is there a relationship between the two?
- Yes there is a relationship between those two.
Research shows that food and sleep have a connection in terms of eating too much or eating too late.
Major change in body shape is also found to be related to time of getting off to sleep. (Crisp & Stonehill)
- But think about it guys, getting a substantial amount of sleep helps when dealing with stressful situation, days & people, when we get stressed, mostly unhealthy habits are increased- such as grabbing junk food, snacking consistently, hitting the bottles for one drink which always somehow morphs into few or several drinks, skipping out on exercising to handle a situation or relax from a draining day. All these scenarios have a negative impact on your nutrition. Plus, hormones that affect hunger, satiety [feeling full] and weight loss are altered that will prevent you from making gains && seeing the results you want.
3. How does it affect your fitness routine?
- Adequate sleep is crucial for maintaining a fitness regimen- if you’re to sleepy to workout you won’t it’s as simple as that! Research shows that with acute sleep lost there is a decreased tolerance of heavy and prolonged exercise. (study by Martin BJ) Morning exercise also promotes a better and more restful sleep. But if you’re not an early AM exerciser (like me) exercise about 3-6 hours before hitting the sheets. ALSO, growth hormone [a major player in building muscles] is produced during your sleep sessions, if you’re trying to build muscle mass, sleep is vital in the recovery phase.
4. How much should you get?
- Recommend that adults should get between 7-8 hours of sleep A NIGHT. 0__0 The closer you are to going to bed at a consistent time every night, the better your sleep pattern & circadian rhythm will be. A better circadian rhythm means a better balance of all biological processes.
- A better sleep is 10pm-6am as opposed to 2am-10am both a full eight hours of goodness but the latter is not highly recommended.
In conclusion sleep is essential! yall get that right?! If you cannot get the amount of required sleep a night, to try rearrange your schedule to get a full night at least one night a week. And when you have those super long draining days, sneak a nap in- a 30 minute snooze can completely re-energize you for several hours.