Why sleep is important for staying fit?
The whole relationship between being fit and sleep deals directly with hormones, specifically leptin and ghrelin. Ghrelin lets your body know that you are hungry (even sometimes when you’re body really isn’t) and leptin signals your body to stop eating. Without the proper amount of sleep, these two hormones can get grossly off balance and leave your fitness efforts disconnected from your original goal. Along with your hormones being off-balance, your sense of judgment relating to what foods you should eat will be off balance as well. You know you should make some eggs and fill your body with some vegetables, but grabbing a prepackaged breakfast bar would be so much easier and take a lot less mental muscle at six in the morning. When you have received a full night of sleep, you are much more likely to make the right food and health decisions and not just do what’s easiest.
How to Get Better Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep starts way before the sun goes down and thoughts of hitting the sack float into your mind. To make sure that you achieve your maximum sleeping, try incorporating some or all of these tips into your bedtime and daytime routine:
Cut the caffeine. This could be harder than it sounds, but it can do a lot for your ability to sleep well. Caffeine, whether in coffee or soda, is horrible on the body and makes it tough to get to sleep. I recommend that you shut off the caffeine around noon the latest. Eventually, your dependence on these drinks will dissipate, you will sleep better, and you won’t need caffeine to keep you awake during the day.
Turn off the television, computer and phone. If you want to take this one step further, take the television, phone or computer out of your bedroom entirely.
Turn off your brain. If you can’t seem to stop all of the thoughts that are keeping you awake, try writing your thoughts down. I have found this to be very cathartic and it actually takes the words out of my brain and puts them on paper. Once all the thoughts are out, my brain can shut off.
Exercise earlier. Some say that exercising late at night can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. If at all possible, exercise in the morning to get you going or mid-day to prevent that inevitable drowsiness felt around three o’clock.
I promise following these few steps will help you with your fitness goals
Written by Silvia Kramska
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