How Sleep and Cravings go hand in hands!
Are feeling run-down? Are you struggling to focus? Are feeling irritable for no clear
reason? You may want to look into your sleep patterns. Maintaining adequate amounts
of quality sleep is essential to your optimal health and well-being.
In a fast-paced environment, many people forgo sleep and overextend themselves to
catch up on work. Even if you’re entirely unfocused and strung out, pulling late hours
at work while hunched over your computer is likely to get you a pat on the back and a
gold star for effort.
But what if you could wake up every morning feeling refreshed, focused, and excited
to move through your day how amazing would that feel, right ? I have some suggestions for you here that I believe it will help you understand why sleep is so important. I am a great sleeper, always have been, and I have met many people who can’t fall asleep or stay asleep, maybe if you give a shot of to try some of my suggestions you may turn the corner:) Sleep is the most important component of your health and well being, Don’t underestimate to power of sleep, most people say , “ I will sleep when I am dead” but they don’t realize if they don’t sleep they will be dead sooner than they expected. When you have a good night sleep you will get the best out of your body and mind, you will get more done in a shorter amount of time because you will be more focus and have more time to do fun stuff, you will make better decisions, you will be happier, better mood, better diet. It’s not the other way around. I wish all these mega corporations had nap rooms for their employees. They will have better results in every area and their performances and their Health Care bill will go down. Someday they will all get it. SOME DAY:)
A drug-like craving for sweet and fatty foods overtakes the brain when it is deprived of sleep. Leptin a satiety hormone, is significantly reduced when you are sleep
deprived. Since leptin plays an important role in appetite control and
metabolism, having low levels of this hormone results in hunger not being
naturally suppressed. Therefore, your appetite and cravings increases than there comes a doughnut:)
WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO SLEEP WELL
- Internal organs rest and recover – tissue repair, muscle growth, and protein synthesis primarily occur during sleep. This also means sleeping is anti-aging
- Hormones are released and help to regulate appetite control, stress, growth, metabolism, and other bodily functions and the next day our cravings are reduced for junk food = weightloss
- Memory consolidation occurs, allowing for the formation and storage of new memories, which is essential for learning new information and keeping it, this will lead you to a success in life overall.
SLEEP HELPS TO IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE
- Increases energy to make beneficial lifestyle choices (cooking,exercise,self-care, etc.)
- Strengthens immune system so you least likely to get sick
- Heightens alertness, focus, and creativity for a better life
- Improves mood – reduces anxiety, irritability, and mental exhaustion
- Increases libido (sex drive)
There are many complex factors involved in the relationship between sleep and health. It’s more difficult to scientifically prove that quality sleep improves health, the negative effects of sleep deprivation are widely documented.
HIGHER RISK FOR ILLNESS
Your body is more susceptible to stress without a good night’s sleep.
The immune system does not function as well as its supposed to and inflammatory proteins and blood sugar levels rise in response to lower levels of insulin being released
throughout the night. All of these negative effects on the body contribute to
an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and infection.
BRAIN DOES NOT FUNCTION OPTIMALLY
There are measurable changes in brain activity that occur after a period of sleep deprivation. When you do not get a sufficient amount of sleep your mental performance suffers, impairing your ability to process new information and memories and impacting
your overall mood, focus, and high-level cognitive function. I wouldn’t want that for sure.
STEPS TOWARDS BETTER SLEEP
It is crucial to your safety, productivity, and overall health that your body regularly gets the high-quality, healing sleep it needs and deserves. When you start sleeping well, you will see how your life is going to take a leap for a better direction, you will be in charge, NOT your sleep.
- KEEP A CONSISTENT DAILY SCHEDULE
- REDUCE CAFFEINE
- LIMIT LIQUID CONSUMPTION BEFORE BED, ( you don’t want to get up to pee every 2 hours 🙂
- NO COMPUTER OR TELEVISION BEFORE BED WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING READY FOR BED
- KEEP YOUR BEDROOM DARK AND QUIET IT HELP RELEASE MELATONIN WHICH HELPS REGULATE SLEEP AND WAKE CYCLE
- DON’T GO TO BED ON A FULL STOMACH OUR BODY IS NOT MADE FOR DIGESTING FOOD WHILE LYING DOWN, YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS DIGESTING FOOD AND FALLING ASLEEP
- INVEST IN COMFORTABLE BEDDING IT’S WORTH IT
- DON’T GO TO BED ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, BEING HUNGRY MAKES YOUR BRAIN STAY ALERT
- GO TO SLEEP AND WAKE UP USING YOUR INTERNAL CLOCK LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Sounds like you can relate? There are so many people out there suffers from INSOMNIA studies show that 70 million people are affected by it, I also want to highlight that sleeping at night when the sun down and wake up when the sunrises keeps you aligned with nature and life, daytime sleepers miss out on opportunities and they are out of balance people usually. They never seems to catch up with life. I know it’s easier said than done but I have helped many of my clients develop a better sleep rituals and the results are amazing, not just weight loss aspects of it but all the other areas that I have mentioned above. Sometimes all we need is to hold someone accountable and that’s what I can help you with, I’m looking forward to connecting with you. It’s never too late to start over 🙂
Until next time,