Updated: Apr 8, 2019
Did you know sleeping does more for your body than just boost your mood and get rid of those annoying black circles, bags, and wrinkles under your eyes? Sleep also helps your mind, body, heart, and is the key to a healthy life! Most healthy adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night to function at their best. We know you have work, kids, and other jobs that make it difficult to get enough, but set an alarm everynight to go to bed. That will remind you that if you want to feel your best the next day, you NEED to catch some Zzz's!
One of the easiest ways to add to your Spring It On Challenge goals is to get plenty of rest!
• Studies have found that poor sleep is associated with weight gain and a higher likelihood of obesity in both adults and children.
• Poor sleep can increase appetite, likely due to its effect on hormones that signal hunger and fullness.
• Poor sleep can decrease your self-control and decision-making abilities and can increase the brain's reaction to food. Poor sleep has also been linked to increased intake of foods high in calories, fats and carbs.
• Poor sleep can increase your calorie intake by increasing late-night snacking, portion sizes and the time available to eat.
• Poor sleep may decrease your resting metabolic rate (RMR), although findings are mixed. One contributing factor seems to be that poor sleep may cause muscle loss
• Lack of sleep may decrease your exercise motivation, quantity and intensity. Getting more sleep may even help improve performance.
• Just a few days of poor sleep can cause insulin resistance that is a precursor to both weight gain and type 2 diabetes.