Sleep is an often overlooked, yet vital part of any healthy lifestyle. Here’s 5 reasons you should get more sleep in under 300 words.
The body recovers and repairs when we rest. Getting 6-8 hours of quality sleep is vital as part of this process. Without sleep your body won’t repair and you will likely end up injured – the last thing you want.
Control Hormonal Balances
When you don’t get enough sleep, cortisol levels in the body increase whilst testosterone levels decrease. Getting a good bit of shut eye will reverse this effect – if fat loss or muscle gain is one of your goals, increasing testosterone levels is right up there on the to do list.
Reduce Stress Levels
Due to stress hormones, your blood pressure increases when you are sleep deprived. In extreme cases this can lead to heart attacks. Getting less sleep makes you feel more stressed which makes it harder to sleep – break the cycle by having good pre-bedtime routines (new blog coming soon on this).
Leptin is a hormone that regulates appetite, which can be thrown off when you don’t get enough sleep. Maintaining a healthy eating schedule is key when trying to burn fat and sleeping is an unlikely, yet important part of that.
Sleep Makes You Alert
Feeling alert and ready is a great, and being alert will help you smash your daily workout too. If you’ve ever tried doing leg day after a bad nights sleep, you’ll know the feeling!
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