Sleeping is an essential part of recovery. Your body needs rest! Let me tell you….. If you ignore it, it will catch up to you. I had gone weeks without sleep and then my body started to shut down. Caffeine was no longer working, my immune system was getting weak, and my brain function was non efficient. I had that brain fog!!! The worst!
So, let’s get down to business… (To defeat the Huns *Mulan song*) Ok, Ok…. Seriously, what is sleep? And why is it essential to our wellbeing?
According to Wikipedia, Sleep is a naturally recurring state of mind characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings. Now that we know the definition of the word sleep, why is it so good for us? Sleep allows our bodies to recover: replenishes our body’s levels for our mental, hormonal, and physical health. It regenerates energy stores and repairs muscles. Most adults need anywhere from 7-10 hours of sleep. However, obtaining that amount of sleep in this generation’s hectic life style seems almost impossible for most. When being deficient from rest, it triggers increased levels of cortisol aka the stress hormone. In turn, we are sabotaging our weight loss efforts. Not cool! We have to make time for what’s most important. Excuses are only generated for what we don’t really have a desire for in life. Whether we like it or not, sleep is a NEED.
So…. get to SLEEPING. See the bed….TAKE ALL THE SLEEP 🙌 💤