“Go To Bed!”
By: Sarah Gresham
Exercise, nutrition, and SLEEP are three key elements to achieving optimal health & fitness. You can eat well & crush it in the gym everyday but if you’re only sleeping 5-6 hours a night you may be doing more damage to your body than good. Our bodies need a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep and 9-10 hours on heavy training days.
“People just don’t realize how important sleep is, and what the health consequences are of not getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis… Sleep is just as important for overall health as diet and exercise.”
–Carl Hunt, MD, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the NIH
In a world full of digital distractions like 24-hr tv (“next episode starts in 3-2-1…”), online shopping (“ooh, I need dis”) & social media (keep on scrollin’) we are all struggling to get enough shut-eye. Resulting in higher body fat, messed up hormones, chronic illness & fatigue.
“the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. The leading causes of disease and death in developed nations—diseases that are crippling health-care systems, such as heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and cancer—all have recognized causal links to a lack of sleep.”
― Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Let’s all make sleep a priority. You can’t control your sleep but you can control your sleep behaviors and your environment.
Here are a few tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
If you have the fitness routine down & get a sufficient amount of sleep but you’re struggling to reach your goals… the OC team can help!
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