Sleep one of the most important factors when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle! We all want to be healthy. So why do we jeopardize ourself with lack of getting Z’s. Lets take a look at sleep from an overall health perspective:
Research indicates that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep.
Each year, the National Sleep Foundation does a poll and gives us the state of sleep in America. Year after year, the studies show:
- Exercise reduces stress and tires us out so that we’re able to sleep longer and better.
- Sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy cost millions in medical costs and disrupt work and social lives.
- Even when they get the same amount of sleep (an average weeknight is 6 hours and 51 minutes), people who exercise report getting better sleep than those who don’t work out. They’re also much less likely to report sleep problems, including waking up too early or trouble falling asleep in the first place.
After reading about all these positive benefits about sleep, try and add these good habits into your nightly routine. Also, if you get 20-30 minutes during your afternoon…TAKE A POWER NAP!
When you treat your body well it will react and do the same back! Now, get some sleep tonight and dream all about the amazing FITNESS PARTIES in your future!