Get Your Zzzs: It’s a Challenge!

So Thursday’s on the GETFIERCE page are all about challenging ourselves. These challenges are meant to build ourselves up, to feel good, to be strong and to grow! This week’s is all about getting rest despite ALL we HAVE to do.

Go to Bed

I wrote one of my first blogs about the importance of sleep to our health (and to weight loss), but I never made it a challenge.  Now is the time…why? On average we need about 7.5 hours of sleep per night. I’m totally guilty of sleep deprivation too! I’m up late training, working and up early and at it again!  I’m finding that I’m so busy lately that I’m foregoing my own sleep for work, but no more.

From January 10th, 2012

Sleep Diet? 

Have you heard of this, the ‘sleep diet’? The main takeaway is that you lose weight while you’re sleeping…ummm, amazing right? Well, this is can be true. You need good quality sleep for your bod to function properly.

The two hormones that are key in proper function of a healthy bod are ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is the  hormone that tells your body when to eat, and leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating. When you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin (picture Chris Farley, “Don’t touch me I’m Starving!)! and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin (aka your stop button, so you just keep on eating). Less sleep equals more ghrelin plus less leptin equals weight gain, double UGH!

What to Do?

The best thing to do to combat these hormonal hindrences…go to bed! You’ll not only save yourself the calories of those late night munchies while watching the Kardashians take over New York (pr whatever YOUR guilty TV pleasure is), you’ll be, physiologically speaking, doing your body a favor by restoring is best hormonal balance.

Week 13 Challenge!

The Goal is to put down whatever you’re reading or working on, turn off the TV and lay your pretty little head down in your bed when you’re 8 hours away from your alarm going off. I KNOW this is a challenge, but give it one week. You’ll be filling up your body’s ‘sleep tank’ and maybe even losing a few lbs along the way!

Sweet Dreams my Fierce Friends!

It’s a Challenge Thursday: Past Challenges

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