I would love to go through life without sleeping, if there´s a superpower I’d love to have is no need to sleep. Until this happen I need to say that sleep is crucial for all of us.
Fitness has become so popular but most people only focus on food and exercise which are only 2 of the principles of fitness and they don´t talk that much about sleep. Sleep is highly important and it has a huge impact on your body and health positive or negative.
Sleep is so important not only to rest and recover from the day and wake up energized for the day to come, there are so many processes going on while you sleep which include recovery and growth and also your body and brain flushes out toxins, different systems on your body work to make all this possible, sleep also keeps your hormones balanced and working properly which makes it easier or harder for you to lose weight and stay lean.
Just one night of poor quality sleep or not enough sleep has a negative impact on the short term and you can see some of those in your day like feeling tired, not being able to focus, it also affects your mood and you feel hungry this leads to poor performance and productivity throughout the day and you tend to eat more which leads to weight gain. In the long run negative impacts of poor quality or not enough sleep lead to health issues.
Poor quality sleep also increases stress and has a negative impact on your exercise work outs, you may skip the entire workout because you don´t have the energy or the intensity and effort won´t be as good as it could, it also impacts negatively your mental health.
The same way that poor quality or lack of sleep has a huge negative impact on your body and health mentally and physical also enough high-quality sleep has a positive impact on your body and health both mentally and physical in the short and long run. When you wake up and you feel energized ready for the day that´s a good sign you had good sleep and it´s just the beginning of a great day because it´s easier for you to focus and concentrate on the task and project you are working on, your performance and productivity increases, you don´t feel hungry all day which makes it easier for you to eat healthy, whole fresh foods and chances are you are going to exercise with the right intensity and effort. Have you ever noticed that the days when you don´t get enough good quality sleep you made bad choices, or your decisions were riskier? this happens because your brain is not functioning properly after a night of poor sleep.
All the 5 principles of fitness work in harmony to help you maintain optimal health so one night of poor sleep will impact the other 4 principles and if you are not aware of this it can turn in a negative cycle that can be hard to break. Lack of sleep increases stress, it also makes it harder for you to stick to healthy whole fresh foods so if we have to choose you´ll more likely choose the unhealthy foods, you lack energy so you may skip your workout that day and all this unhealthy choices can lead to poor sleep the next night and if we continue this negative and unhealthy cycle things get worse.
Sleep maintains your body and brain healthy by getting enough high quality sleep you make sure that all systems and hormones of your body function properly to get rid of toxins that can be harmful and also to recover and grow and maintain balance.
Since we´re living very fast paced times and we don´t get enough high quality sleep there are some strategies you can follow to help you as much sleep as possible according to your schedule and improve the quality of your sleep every night so that you are able to get all the benefits and maintain optimal health.
If you want to live the life of your dreams then focusing on the 5 principles of fitness is key to make it possible to concentrate and work as hard as you need while also getting enough recovery so that you don´t burn out.
What you can do today is be aware of the quality and quantity of sleep you get every night, you can have a really good idea of the quality of your sleep by being aware of how you feel when you wake up, if you feel energized and ready to go and you maintain the level of energy and focused throughout the night you´re doing fine but if you feel tired and you´re not able to concentrate throughout the day you may need to improve the quality of your sleep.
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