There are a TON of reasons why getting enough sleep is so important. Here are just a few….
1. Did you know that around 80% of your HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is released while you are sleeping? HGH is a VERY important hormone in maintaining a healthy body weight because it controls metabolism, cell growth, and repair, and regulates your lean body mass to fat ratio.
2. Lack of sleep will also cause an increase in a hormone called CORTISOL, which will not only prevent you from LOSING weight, but it can also cause you to GAIN WEIGHT! Not something any of us want.
3. When you sleep, your body is repairing and restoring itself. Cutting this time short will not only delay this process, but cause you to be lethargic, irritable, and emotional.
4. Lack of sleep is also associated with impaired memory, slowed speech, lack of ambition, and lack of focus among other things.
So if you are serious about getting it done this year, 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep has to be your goal.
This weekend is a perfect time to practice. Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it- even if you are not tired.
You've got this,
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