People will go to great lengths to ensure that they have a smart and well structured exercise program, nutritional plan and supplementation regimen. Yet they often forget about their sleep. Research shows that lack of sleep disrupts hormones that regulate appetite, which results in body fat accumulation. In addition, lack of sleep may lead to more body fat simply because more time spent not sleeping means more time to eat. And those junk food commercials start looking pretty good at 1 a.m. So, less sleep potentially results in more body fat, big deal. Well, that’s not it. Getting less than 7.5 hours of sleep each night also means that you’re at greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac death. Finding a suitable sleeping strategy needs to be part of your healthy living and good nutrition routine. If you are concerned about your sleep quality and quantity, start by figuring out if your sleep
is adequate. Just like a food journal, sleep experts often recommend a “sleep diary“. Are you getting 7-9 hours each night? If not, why? Is it due to poor sleep hygiene, medications, or another negative habit? Get to the root of the problem and start reaping the benefits of adequate sleep time.