Health-conscious people often include an exercise routine and nutritious foods into their daily schedule but are burning the candle on both ends by neglecting a huge component of wellness; sleep. Sufficient sleep is vital to allow your body and mind to recover and function optimally. While you rest, the body is busy at work using this downtime to recover and refuel itself. By sleeping for only 2-3 hours a night, the body and brain are severely depleted of essential replenishing time. Think of it this way; let’s do a little imagery exercise. Imagine you just won a brand-new Ferrari! Picture yourself merging onto the interstate in your new car. You slam the gas pedal down and watch the speedometer climb to 90 mph. How long do you think your car can maintain going this fast? It’s a Ferrari it can probably last a while, but even so, you’re going to have to pull off the interstate for gas. Now let’s imagine you’re all fueled up and ready to burn more interstate. What if you drive, and drive, and drive and never maintenance the tires or change the oil or replace the filters? That car’s overall worth and life plummet having been neglected of its basic needs. It is ridiculous to think anyone would treat a brand-new luxury car with such disregard and disrespect. But we see it every day. Maybe not with actual Ferraris, but people are treating their bodies so negligently by simply living in this fast pace society and not making their sleep a priority. You can exercise, eat nutritionally sound meals, have well developed and meaningful relationships, and still be falling short with your health by failing to give your mind and body what it absolutely must have: SLEEP! Let’s look at a few effects that happen if we don’t get enough sleep and what can happen if we do catch adequate zzz’s:
Poor Sleep Leads to Adequate Sleep Leads to:
1.Fatigue 1.Improves focus
2.Anxiety 2.Reduce Stress
3.Paranoia 3.Reduces Inflammation
4. Increase in heart disease 4.Improved Memory
Sleep should always be a priority and you should seek to achieve the recommended 7-9 hours a night. We’ve put together a few tips that could lead to better sleep. One way is to set a routine and stick to it the best you can. Your body will program bedtime and makes it easier to get a restful night. Another way is to avoid caffeine afternoon. The third tip is to exercise regularly
to allow your body to be more exhausted when lying down. Lastly, our food choices impact our sleep! Avoiding heavily processed foods and choosing foods with higher levels of an amino acid called tryptophan to help us sleep. Tryptophan helps to increase serotonin levels, and serotonin plays a role in the modulation of sleep. Foods with higher levels of tryptophan can be found in all LeanFeast stores in the form of lean proteins. Tryptophan is abundant in red meat, fish, poultry, and eggs. We should all strive to get adequate sleep. Our lives depend on it!