It seems that the cool thing to do these days, is to ride your days out with as minimal sleep as possible. This equates to roughly 4-6 hours of sleep a night on average. Most believe they just don’t have time for adequate sleep. Well I’m here to tell you if you slept just a little more, you would function/perform better throughout your day.
Sleep deprivation could wreak havoc on your body. Sleep helps your body produce hormones and promotes weight loss. Some of the main hormones promoted by sleep are testosterone and growth hormone, which are released while your resting. These hormones are responsible for several things in the body and one of them is the utilization of fat for energy. Now the meat and potatoes behind why a lack of sleep is not optimal for weight loss is because it triggers the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can be increased due to a lack of sleep, or irregular sleeping patterns. When cortisol is increased the body is a lot more stubborn with allowing fat to be used as energy as well as muscle growth and recovery (though that’s another blog!). So, my recommendation is to get 6.5-8 hours of sleep a night or if you’re doing less than try to fit in a 45min- 1-hour nap in.