Guest Post: Why sleep is more important than exercise or diet

Many people don’t get enough sleep because of their numerous obligations and they find it easier to postpone their sleeping in order to finish the job. However, less sleeping has a very bad effect on your mood and the ability to concentrate on your tasks. Step by step, it can damage your brain and your entire body. Sometimes being sleepless may even be worse than taking alcohol.

We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping and it is one of the most important human needs. Without enough sleep, we do not have enough energy at work, or at home. Important life decisions are difficult to make if we are irritated and nervous. Saying all this, here are some things you have to know about why is sleeping more necessary than anything else for the proper functioning of humans.

Take diet under control by sleeping enough

When it comes to weight loss, there is always talking about food and exercising. Everyone says that if you want to lose weight, you need to eat less and move more and more. It’s not easy to handle it sometimes, because of the obligations nowadays. Sometimes you try to eat less and find some time for more activities, to find time for yourself, but it seems impossible to you. Maybe there’s a good reason for that. In your life, somewhere between exercising and taking care of what you eat, you forget to sleep enough.

Sleeping is inevitable in a man’s life, but what we do not understand is that sleeping is the key when it comes to diet and exercise. How is this? If you do not sleep enough, let’s say less than 7 hours during the night, you can reduce the benefits of diet that you perform in order to lose weight. A recent study showed the following: the people who wanted to lose weight were divided into two groups. They were divided so that they had different sleeping schedules. The results supported the benefits of sleeping. The group of people who had an adequate rest lost their weight through melting fats in their body, while in others who had shorter sleeping time, reduced their fat only to a half, although they used the same diet and had same exercises. They felt tired after a meal, and did not have energy to exercise as the first group of people who had a good rest. The final result of the study was that people in a group who slept less lost even 55% less fats than those in the group who had good rest.

Insufficient sleeping changes your metabolism    

Think for a moment, when was the last time you had a bad dream? How did you feel when you woke up? Probably, you were tired, exhausted and sulky. Not only are your body and brain tired, but your fat cells are tired to. When your body is deprived of sleeping, then it suffers from a “metabolic grape”. This term is used by scientists who have analyzed what happened in our body after four days of bad sleeping. That usually happens after a busy week. One late night at work leads to another and you are constantly being late at home. Because of that, you sleep less. Although these are just four nights, the hormones that are responsible for controlling your fat cells do not feel the same way. When we do not sleep for four days, our body loses its ability to properly use insulin. In fact, the insulin sensitivity drops by more than 30 percent and this is bad due to many things. For example, when insulin works well, fat cells remove lipids and fatty acids from the bloodstream and prevent their storage in the body. When you become insulin resistant, it may happen that blood lipids release insulin, which is excessive and ends in unwanted places, such as the liver. Because of this, you gain weight and it can lead to a condition known as diabetes.

During sleep, the body secretes the hormones responsible for the growth and development of muscles and bones, as well as for their healing. A sufficient amount of sleep means that your body will be more prepared for physical activity, and that is necessary for a healthy body.

Health Secret: Prioritize sleeping

There is a great connection between sleep and an increase in body weight that cannot be ignored. Studies have shown that people, who reduce their sleep by a third of the normal, are more likely to increase the body weight in the coming period than those who have seven hours of sleep for the night. With all this connection of sleep with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems, the need for sleeping is far more related to health than with good looks and exercise. We cannot determine the number of sleeping hours for all the people. According to some research, it is best to sleep between seven and nine hours overnight. It may not seem to us that it is so important, but it can mean more than any other health decision we make for the improvement of our health.

Sleeping and Gym time

The nutrition and training relationship is very important. Muscles are important factor in the body, no matter what your fitness goals are. Muscles are an enemy of fat, they help you burn fat and stay young. The lack of sleep is an enemy of the muscles. Scientists have found that a lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in the body’s ability to create and maintain muscles in their full strength. Because of this, the muscles are not strong, and there is a number of injuries that may occur. Lack of sleep makes it difficult for an organism to recover from exercising in the shortest possible time. This slows down the growth hormone production, which rejuvenates the body and quickly burns fat, which also enables a quick recovery of the organism. If you are someone who does not like exercising or does not enjoy in physical activity, and you do not sleep enough, everything you do will be difficult and unbearable for you. If you lack sleeping, everything you do will be a big challenge for you, and especially exercising that requires a healthy and fresh organism.

According to all that is stated above, it can be concluded that the way we live is very important. The nutrition, exercising and sleeping are three inseparable things; things we must pay our attention to if we want to be healthy. In order to be well and be able to enjoy life, it is necessary to have a good sleep. Every evening we should go to bed at the same time, try to sleep as much as possible and our life will be much easier. We must find time for ourselves and try to maintain our psycho-physical condition in good shape. Remember that there is no more important thing then our health.

Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.

 

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