Get Some! …Sleep

Get some sleep

Tired yet?

The importance of sleep on your overall physical well-being is astronomical. Most of your former bad habits or
prolonged issues can be linked to a lack of sleep.

The Bad.

The risk of obesity rises with those with a sleep deficit. A study in teenagers showed with every hour of
sleep lost, the risk for obesity rose exponentially. But it’s not just teenagers, so you can’t blame it on the hormones,
but wait, yes, you can, sleep affects those too!

Sleep deficits will affect your recovery as well. When you sleep your heart and blood vessels are
repairing themselves, and sleep releases a hormone to boost muscle mass. Continued unrest increases
your risk for a host of issues including, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

The Good.

A healthy amount of sleep balances the levels of ghrelin, the hormones that make you feel hungry, and
leptin, the hormones that make you feel full. If you wake up in the morning starving, blame it on a not so
good night sleep. When you’re restless the levels of ghrelin increase and the leptin levels decrease.
Sleep can also affect insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Higher blood sugar levels
can increase the threat of diabetes.

The good news is physical activity and your nutrition can aid in a good night’s sleep. Activity during the
day, not close to bedtime, helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Remember, making sure you don’t go
to sleep hungry, or too full, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine, eases you into a restful slumber.

Now, go get some rest. Coach’s orders.