Is Lack of Sleep Preventing You From Reaching Your Fitness Goals?

Are you one of those busy bees that have 6939247103 things to do in a day and often stay up late into the night to get those things done? Have you noticed that you've plateaued in your fitness journey whether that means weight loss has slowed or that you aren't progressing with your cardiovascular or strength goals? You could be eating well, fitting in a few workouts a week but just not seeing the results you expected. Maybe you're taking longer to recover from hard sessions or even having to decrease intensity. You may need more sleep in your life!

Getting Zzzz's affects more than just your mental clarity. It's your body's time to focus on recovery which includes vital processes such as muscle synthesis. Every time that you complete an intense workout, you cause small microtears in your muscles. These tears are actually good because the muscle rebuilds stronger and thicker, which is how you gain lean mass or "tone up." If your body continuously misses out on vital recovery time, you will find yourself more susceptible to chronic muscle soreness and fatigue, strains and sprains, and you may even lose mass over time. It won't matter how many grams of protein or aminos you take each day if your body doesn't have the time to actually use it. Another negative is that your motivation may be there mentally, but physically your body says no. If you trip over your feet 3 times trying to just run the warm up laps, we can only imagine how the rest of the workout will go.

Lack of sleep can also deter your weight loss plans. Think about this; If you're awake for 20 hours a day, how many times do you need to fuel yourself to keep your body going? When you're tired, it seems like you're always hungry. Why is this? That's your body trying to find an energy source to keep you going on overtime. In addition, when you have a crazy schedule, unless you have planned out your meals and snacks earlier in the week, it's easy to grab the less-than-ideal, but convenient food options. Carbs are the only energy source that gives you an immediate energy boost. When you are tired, it's these sources that you crave. While carbs are not bad for you per say, not all source are created equal. A bowl of brown rice is filled with more nutrients and fiber than a donut. But when you're