How important is sleep?

How did you sleep last night? Did you wake up to the alarm and could have slept another hour? In today’s society its getting harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep. We push it to the limits everyday but what is it doing to our health? or your results in the gym?
So why sleep? Who cares isn’t it better to be up burning more calories than being a sleep doing nothing? Well sleep is SO IMPORTANT! And if you want to burn fat and grow muscle then start getting some sleep, read why!
–          While you have large amounts of sleep the body will naturally release high amounts of growth hormone to repair muscle tissue and will help prevent the body from storing body fat.
–          Not getting enough sleep can lead to a decrease in insulin sensitivity. This means that the body will not convert glucose to energy for muscle growth and can cause that energy to get sorted as fat!
–          Less sleep will cause the body to release the worst hormone which is cortisol, Cortisol is a hormone which stimulates the breakdown of muscle into glucose and has also been shown to have links to abdominal fat as well.
So the list goes on and on, just be aware that sleep is really important to your fitness goals. If you are not getting any results from your training start looking else where and even to sleep and quality of sleep as this is a major factor in the growth of muscle and then loss of fat for everyone!


About nafctrainerjamie

I am a personal trainer at North Adelaide Fitness Centre in Adelaide South Australia. We have been awarded the Australian 2009 & 2010 best medium size gym.
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