The Importance of Sleep

Nov 2, 2021

 by Briana Gutierrez

With the weather getting colder and the sun rising later and later each morning, waking up is becoming more of a challenge. It’s more important than ever to get enough rest each night. We’ve all heard it before; sleep is important! But did you know that insufficient sleep can physically get in the way of your fitness goals?

Not only can falling short on your beauty sleep impede your body’s ability to recover, it can create an imbalance of the hormones grehli and lepin, the hormones that help the body recognize hunger and satiety. This can create the potential for overeating. Poor sleep can also lead to metabolic dysregulation. The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Now we all know that this varies from person to person, but this window of rest is an important thing to keep in mind.

One small step to take in improving your sleep is going to bed 30 minutes earlier than you normally would. Once that is incorporated into your nightly routine, push it back another 30 minutes. Make your changes small and manageable. A few tricks to help you get a good night’s sleep are maintaining a regular sleep schedule, trying to keep screens out of the bedroom, and not eating right before bed. Working to get a proper amount of rest each night is a fundamental way to maintain a healthy relationship with your body.

Breathe easy and sleep well!