Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sleep Deprivation

You are on top of the game regarding the amount of physical activity you get each week.  Your nutrition seems to be dialed-in.  So why are the last 5 lbs of weight or percentage of bodyfat simply not going anywhere?  Have you checked your sleep cycle lately?  Are you completely dependent on your alarm clock no matter what day it is?

Sleep - we all need it.  If we don't get enough good quality sleep, we experience symptoms akin to aging 10 years!  These symptoms may not be obviously noticeable right away, but before we know it, those symptoms begin to creep into our lives (joints that ache, weight gain due to impacted insulin sensitivity, auto-immune issues, depression).  We also tend to get sick more frequent and lack the ability to recover from that illness quickly.
Some seem to think they "tolerate" lack of sleep better than others.  This may certainly be true in the short term, but all signs lead to the eventual presentation of symptoms that can often lead to bigger health problems down the road. You can tolerate it, but it comes at a high cost.

Lights out!

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