If you are serious about your health, sleep is an essential factor you should consider together with nutrition. If you are exercising hard, eating well, but not taking sufficient sleep, you are slowing down your progress.
During sleep your body goes into recovery mode. Not just physically, but mentally also. It’s a chance for it to unwind and get everything ready for the next day. One or two late nights here in there might not do too much harm, but if you make a habit of getting to bed late and getting up early you will struggle physically and mentally sooner or later. It’s just like a deck or cards waiting to fall.
Not having enough sleep will harm your body, and consequently, your weight, health and exercise program. You will run out of steam easily, lose concentration and look like crap, to put it bluntly. You will also lose your strength and cardiovascular fitness, not to mention the rise in the hormone cortisol will have you storing more weight around the middle quicker than you can say aye-carumba!
I’ve come across many people who seem to think they can get away with just a few hours’ kip a night whilst working in London. They seem to view it as a badge of honour! Yet underneath the surface their body is struggling to keep up and in all honesty don’t look in tip-top condition. Read the rest of this entry »