Sleep Can Give You an Olympic Body

Sleep Can Give You an Olympic Body

Most of us don't understand how important sleep is when determining how your body looks and how fit you are.

For example, say two people both do regular workouts and eat a balanced diet but one has the perfect body while the other one can't reach her target. This is where inadequate sleep might come into play. Some of the other possibilities could be:

  • Genetics
  • Lack of willpower
  • One strays from the diet or gym regiment, more than the other

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention showed 35 % of Americans are sleep deprived, which coincides with obesity statistics. This proves sleep may be an important part of your feeding habits. Lack of proper rest can cause you to crave food, mostly junk food.

Research at the University of Chicago found that sleep deprivation can cause your body to no longer use insulin properly, which means fat will end up being stored in different parts of your body, like your heart and liver. This can lead to obesity and/ or diabetes.

Inadequate sleep can reduce productivity in the gym because:

  1. It reduces the amount of growth hormone released in the body, which is responsible for fat burning and anti-aging.
  2. Lack of sleep can cause an increase in stress levels. It can also reduce the amount of growth hormone produced.

Ultimately, your body ends up needing more time to see any visible effects at the gym which makes your time there less productive.

With conditions such as heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, sleep might just end up doing more for your health and body. Get at least 7 hours of sleep daily and work out the best sleeping pattern for you so you can be more productive in the gym, get a better body and a better quality of life.

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