Harmonize Fitness
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Sleep is not only for rest


There are so many things going on in your body while you sleep and it´s not only recovery and growth. All systems of your body and brain are working so hard doing different functions while we sleep.

From cleaning your body from toxins, to deleting unnecessary information and storing important information in other parts of your brain there are so many processes that need to work in harmony, your body and brain never rest, there´s always something going on.

One of the most important processes that go on while you sleep is that your body gets rid of toxins and your brain deletes unnecessary information. Have you ever stopped for a moment and think about all the toxins you consume in one day? from the food you eat, the high levels of chronic stress from your work or school, the products you use to clean, the air you breathe, etc; in that same day you also get a ton of information from what you see on all social media, to tv, the news, also information about your coworkers or classmates, what´s happening on our city or country and even in other countries, everything you see from the moment you wake up, there´s literally so much going on every single day so when you sleep your brain also has a system that helps it manage all that information, if the information is not important it will be deleted, if it´s something important for a project it will store it in a part of the brain until you´re done with it and you´re able to forget it while the most important and relevant information will get stored in the long-term memory.

All this cleaning part is so important to be able to free space on your brain to get more information in, to learn new skills and in your body to help us prevent diseases.

There are so many toxins that have a negative impact on your body and health so there are systems in your body that make all this cleaning possible every night but for this to happen you need to make sure that you get enough high quality sleep.

During sleep your hormones are also working, enough high quality sleep makes it easier to lose weight and stay lean because all your hormones like leptin and ghrelin are balanced and working properly so you don´t have cravings, you don´t feel hungry all day so it´s easier for you to make the right choices. Enough high-quality sleep improves metabolism and helps with insulin sensitivity. Lack or poor sleep is linked to weight and obesity, if you are obese or overweight can cause sleep problems which leads to a negative cycle.

Your physical and mental health are also impacted by the quality and quantity of your sleep, you can see the negative impact of a poor night sleep that day and if this sleep problem is chronic then the negative impact is huge, health problems physical or mental are highly linked to poor or lack of sleep. When you don´t get enough high quality sleep the immune system won´t be working efficiently and this makes it harder for your body to fight diseases, also lack or poor sleep increases stress as we mentioned before and stress and we know that this bad stress causes a lot of damage to your body.

Your body needs to heal, recover, repair, grow and clean from all the toxins, stress (good and bad) that you went through during the day and for this to be possible you need to be aware of the other 4 principles of fitness so that your body has the nutrients and everything it needs to make every process as optimal as possible.

Since sleep affects every system, hormone, etc; on your body and there are so many processed going on while you sleep we need to make sure that you get enough high quality sleep every night, this is not only necessary to maintain a good mood, energy and concentration throughout the day it´s necessary for optimal health and this includes physical and mental.

You cannot forget that sleep plays an important role for the proper recovery of your workouts, your muscles recover, grow and get stronger when you´re recovering and sleep is part of this recovery so, if you want to get the best results possible you need to make sure that you are getting enough high quality sleep. For weight loss sleep is also important to keep cravings low and make sure that all hormones are working properly to make your weight loss journey a lot easier.

One simple step you can take today to improve the quality and quantity of sleep is turn off all electric devices and lights at least 30minutes before going to bed, try to make your bedroom as dark as possible those 30 minutes, this will send signals to your brain and body that it´s time to sleep.

Let us know by leaving a comment down below and on Twitter if you make sleep a priority every night and how good is your quality of sleep and if you don´t prioritize sleep let us know why, is it school, your job, kids?

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