Sleeping is so important for our health and fitness! It helps us reach our goals and let’s be honest it helps a lot of us prevent turning into a rage monster? So how does sleep affect our bodies?
Sleep Affects your health
Not getting enough sleep can contribute towards getting high blood pressure and increases the likelihood of obesity and diabetes. If you have health and fitness goals, the last thing you want is to be making your goals harder to reach by not getting enough sleep!
Sleep helps your brain work properly
Studies show that a good nights sleep can help us learn better, pay attention, make better decisions and be more creative! Not getting enough sleep can lead to feeling angry and impulsive, having mood swings, feeling sad or depressed, or lacking motivation.
Sleep is essential for our body to function
Sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. It also gives our muscles time to repair and rebuild. Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). So if you get enough sleep you wont get as hungry (which is great if you’re looking to lose weight).
So we know it’s good for us, but how do we actually get more sleep?
Stop Using Your phone before Bed
The light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s night time. That means it takes us longer to fall asleep. If you stop using technology even just 1 hour before bed it’ll help you fall asleep easier.
Limit Caffeine in the Afternoon
Try to avoid drinking caffeine at night and in the afternoon. This could be having an effect on how late you fall asleep and the later you fall asleep the less sleep you are getting!
So why not use these tips over the next week and see if your sleep improves!
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