Fitness Facts: SLEEP:
🔹Sleep is a crucial factor for any fitness goal, whether it’s weight loss, general health, or muscle gain.
🔹7-9 hours of sleep per night is recommended, while any more or less can be unhealthy.
🔹On average, people that get enough sleep are less over weight, have less lifestyle disorders & diseases, and live longer than people that are sleep deprived.
🔹The human body releases a large blend of chemicals & hormones during sleep, almost all with the purpose of rebuilding and recovering the body.
🔹During sleep, the pituitary gland secretes more growth hormones than during waking hours. Growth hormones aid in fat loss, muscle building, & cell regeneration.
🔹Sleep suppresses appetite and raises metabolism, while allowing the body to rest and recover.
🔹Lack of sleep can raise levels of cortisol in the blood, which can lower metabolism, slow down healing, increase stress, and decrease the body’s ability to build muscle mass.
🔹Poor sleep is more dangerous to women than to men. Women have higher risks of cardiovascular problems when they don’t get enough rest.
🔹A minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day increases the body’s ability to fall asleep quicker & deeper! Try to exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime for the best results.
- 6 Tips For Better Sleep = Muscle Gain, Weight Loss (goodguyswag.com)
- How Sleep Deprivation can Make You Gain Weight (bloodandiron315.com)
- Sleep ‘boosts brain cell numbers’ (bbc.co.uk)