Sleep probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking of weight loss strategies. If anything, it’s an extended period of inactivity, which might make it seem like an unlikely fitness tactic. But this inactivity is what makes sleep so important – it’s time to rest and recover. It allows your body to regulate hormones, fight off stress and restore energy.
Here are a few reasons why sleep is so important:
Stress is your body’s way of protecting itself and navigating challenging situations. In this state, your body tends to store up sugars and fat in preparation. This isn’t necessary a problem in the short term, but this state is unsustainable and your body needs time to recover from this. Sleep eases this response and regulates those stress hormones, allowing you to stop storing that excess fat and sugar.
2. Hunger and Appetite
Sleep regulates ghrelin, which is the hormone responsible for stimulating appetite. One study found that people who consistently slept less than 5.5 hours per night had higher levels of ghrelin. Increased ghrelin stimulates hunger and promotes fat retention whilst decreasing energy levels. This same study found that consistent lack of sleep reduced fat loss by 55%.
3. Protein Recovery:
Sleep promotes efficient muscle synthesis, which is your body’s ability to make muscle. This protects you from muscle loss and injury. Human growth hormone is also released while you sleep. This is responsible for cell regeneration and repairs damage to muscles. This recovery time is essential for sustainable fitness and weight loss as it gives you the strength to sustain your routine.
These are just a few of the ways that sleep impacts weight loss and fitness. The average adult should get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. The quality of your sleep can either make or break your workouts so it’s important to establish a consistent, sustainable and healthy sleep cycle. Supplements are one way to regulate and enhance sleep. Muscle Coach offers a range of products to aid sleep, maximising this recovery time so that you get the most out of your sleep each night. These are a few from our range:
Slimtum Yin and Yang is a new product that gives you energy during the day whilst promoting healthy sleep at night. It comes in two parts – Yang for energy, vibrancy and appetite moderation during the day, and Yin for stress reduction and a metabolism boost at night.
BPM Labs Delta Zone is a great sleep formula that helps promote growth hormone release. It also contains phenibut which improves sleep quality and duration as well as having a calming effect.
REDCON1 Fade Out Sleep Formula improves the quality of your sleep by helping to both induce and maintain deep sleep at night. It contains powerful relaxants which helps relieve anxiety and stress.