10 Benefits of Getting a Good Nights Sleep
In previous articles we have discussed some benefits of getting a good nights sleep and why it is so important to your health. In a society that is greatly sleep deprived, I thought it was appropriate to try and convince you to start getting more serious about your sleep.
Below are ten benefits that you will see when you start getting more sleep each night. Please note that “a good nights sleep” is different for everyone. Some people are perfectly fine getting 6-7 hours a night while others may need closer to 8 or 9. Find what works for you and aim for getting that each night!
10 Benefits of Sleeping:
1. Lose more fat:
Studies have shown that when we lack sleep, we are more apt to gain unwanted weight. The reason for this is our bodies produce cortisol when we do not get enough sleep and cause our body to store fat.
Lacking sleep also halts the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Testosterone which are both vital in keeping us lean, strong, and healthy.
2. Gain more lean muscle:
During sleep our bodies naturally produce HGH and testosterone. Both of these hormones play a key role in building lean muscle and eliminating fat. Therefore, if you want to get fit, getting good sleep is going to be very important!
3. Improve strength and stamina:
In one study, athletes that aimed for sleeping 8-10 hours per night for 6-7 straight weeks saw improvement in strength gains, sprint tests, and stamina. This can be attributed to proper recovery, focus, optimal HGH and testosterone levels, and more.
4. Better focus
A good nights sleep allows you to wake up with a clear mind, more energy, and more focus.
Being focused gives you more energy throughout your day. When you have energy, you are more apt to engage with others, stay active, and get things done. This will then lead to another good nights rest as you have been staying active all day long. This is the cycle you want to get into.
5. Keeps your heart healthy
Lack of sleep has been shown to worsen blood pressure and cholesterol, both factors that can have a negative affect on your heart. To put simply: your heart will be healthier if you get better sleep (and eat properly and exercise of course!.
6. Reduce stress:
When we are sleep deprived, our bodies go into a stressed state. Having high stress can lead to having a more difficult time falling asleep. So it is important that you control the stresses that are under your control, starting with your sleep at night.
7. Better recovery:
Insufficient sleeps leads to your body producing stress hormones which can inhibit your ability to recover. Lack of sleep will not allow you to train as hard as you like. The combination of hard training and lack of sleep will eventually lead to over training and burn out.
8. Better learning:
One of my goals in life is to never stop learning. I always want to be working out my mind just like I do my body. Sleep can help with allowing you to learn better as you will be more focused and have more energy to want to learn and study.
9. Increased Insulin sensitivity:
Increased insulin sensitivity allows your body to burn fat at a more rapid speed. Getting good sleep can help with our bodies ability to handle insulin boosting foods better, leading to less fat storage.
10. More energy for workouts
When you lack sleep, you also lack energy. Sure the quick fix of caffeine will help some, but over time your body will start to shut down if it is not getting enough sleep.
If you want to maximize your workouts, you must have energy when going through them. Prepare the night before for your workout by getting good sleep.
In a perfect world, you would be able to go to sleep when you are tired and wake up naturally each morning. But with the all the stress and craziness in our lives, it is very hard to attain this. However, that should not stop you from trying to attain it. Make it a goal to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Some nights this will not be possible, but it doesn’t hurt to try!
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