Are you getting a good night’s sleep or are you counting sheep every night? I am hit or miss depending on how much water I drink during the day and how much stress I have going on.
Some nights I get up once and others I am up a few times, which is killer on my sleep cycle. Lately, I also am tossing and turning with all that is going on in the world.
It’s easy to consume news and flow of information. According to research, American adults consume more than 12 hours of information via the television and their electronic devices. Americans spend more time than ever watching videos, browsing social media and swiping on their tablets and smartphones.
It can wreck havoc on your system.
Are you trying to lose weight? Sleep is a key factor in the equation. The amount of sleep you get can be just as important as your diet and exercise.
Are you on a schedule?
Do you go to bed around the same time every night? Do you set an alarm clock to get up every morning?
According to the Sleep Foundation, an adult should aim to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
I only set my Google Home Mini alarm when I train with my coach on early mornings. I need enough time to get up, drink a protein shake or eat something small before heading out the door.
What happens when you have trouble sleeping?
Sleep deprivation can play a big part in weight control and muscle growth. Lack of sleep can cause your metabolism to slow down and can limit muscle repair and growth.
Our bodies regulate hormones at night, especially those in charge of fat burning and appetite. When you don’t get enough deep sleep, your brain thinks that you have insufficient energy stores and then goes into a state of starvation, which ups your appetite.
So, what can you do if you are having problems falling or staying asleep?
Here are some tips to get a good night’s sleep
- Establish a routine – Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning.
- Don’t sleep more than your body needs – Oversleeping can cause you to be sluggish and may disturb your subsequent night sleep.
- Exercise or move every day, but NOT right before bed, your metabolism can take up to 6 hours to slow down after you exercise.
- Make it dark, quiet and avoid electronics close to bed time.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol later in the day.
- Make sure you are getting the proper nutrients throughout the day to help you sleep at night.
How many hours of sleep do you get a night?