It’s easy to believe that in order for us to create our dream bodies, it’s crucial to spend most of our time at the gym. With the age-old belief that the more you work out, the better you will look, right?
We are here to tell you, that although working out and smashing your goals at the gym is super important for your fitness routine, so is taking time for rest and recovery. Most importantly when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.
When you take the time to rest and recover after a workout, your muscles have the ability to restore and rebuild themselves. This is due to our bodies being in their most anabolic state when asleep. Essentially, the more time you spend snoozing after a killer workout, the more chance your muscles have to repair and grow.
What does science say?
Let’s face it, you may like this idea but think that there is a fat chance (pun intended) of you somehow looking better by just increasing your snooze reps. Well, we are here to make your day a whole lot brighter by saying, science is backing us up on this one.
University of Chicago researchers say that sleep deprivation makes you “metabolically groggy". Studies have now proven that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night can have significant problems with their insulin resistance. Which can have a direct impact on weight gain, along with other unpleasant diseases such as Type II diabetes.
Not to mention, this article from the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience explains that sleep deprivation has been found to significantly inhibit the body's growth hormone which is responsible for regulating our metabolism along with fat and muscle development.
If that wasn’t enough, not getting enough sleep has been directly connected with making us hungry. Especially for the foods that are bad for us. Think about it, when you’re tired at work, you’re more likely to grab that bag of chips or cupcake at the local cafe around the corner. Why? Because lack of sleep affects two hormones in particular, Ghrelin and Leptin.
Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep states that “Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin. Whereas Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin.”
Make sleep a priority -- Usually most people will require 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. If you’re someone who needs a coffee to feel awake in the morning, you probably need an extra hour or two of sleep instead.
Give yourself time to unwind at the end of each day, remove all electrical devices and get into a sleep routine that is consistent. Invest in quality pillows and bedding to help you feel comfortable and supported all night. Because if we want to look our best and achieve our best, it all starts in the bedroom.