When most people think of health and fitness, they think of hitting the gym five times a week. They think of eating ‘clean’ foods. Not many people consider sleep, and how that can affect health and fitness. It plays a huge role! Let’s take a look at how insufficient sleep affects your health and fitness:
You Want To Eat More
A lack of sleep usually makes a person want to eat more. Lack of sleep lowers leptin, which signals when we’re full. It creates more cortisol, which is related to stress and belly fat. Lack of sleep also raises levels of ghrelin, which makes the body think it’s hungry. This is why lack of sleep has been closely linked to weight gain! If you’re on a health and fitness journey, it’s so important you get your 8 hours a night.
You Feel Irritable
Getting enough sleep is crucial for your mental well being. Depending on how low on sleep you are, you’ll likely feel irritable at best. At worst, it can be potentially life threatening. If you are too sleep deprived, you can cause accidents on the road or at work. You may experience hallucinations. You could even die. At the very least, that lack of concentration could be dangerous if you attempt to work out!
Potentially Develop More Serious Problems
A lack of sleep has the potential to develop more serious problems. Adrenal fatigue is one big issue that can come with a messed up sleeping pattern. It can be hard to diagnose, but you’ll usually get a foggy brain, experience lack of energy, low blood sugar, and dry skin. Other symptoms can be pinpointed too, such as weight gain due to the increase in cortisol, as well as bloating. You can find more information on this at AdrenalFatigue.solutions.
You may experience more bouts of cold and influenza because of the effects lack of sleep has on the respiratory system. There may even be an increased risk of problems with your cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. With all of this in mind, it’s never been more important to ensure you have a healthy sleeping pattern!
Have Trouble Conceiving
Finally, insufficient sleep can mean couples have trouble conceiving. You will likely have a lower sex drive, which in itself can stop you from conceiving. Not only that, lack of sleep has been linked to lower fertility for both men and women. Whether you want to try for a baby now or in the future, it’s so important you are getting sufficient rest each night!
What’re Your Thoughts
One night of sleeplessness may not affect you as severely as this guide says. However, continuous lack of sleep will eventually catch up with you. You should focus on not only getting the recommended 7-8 hours each night but ensure that your sleep is quality too. You can do this by keeping electricals out of your bedroom, making it pitch black, and by drinking sleep tea to help you drop off.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.