Most health nuts think that physical fitness solely rides on your diet and exercise routine. However, people who don’t get plenty of rest each night tend to reap fewer benefits than those who do. In fact, studies have shown that individuals who are constantly sleep deprived experience problems such as weight retention, poor judgment, limited productivity, diminished strength, high stress levels, and risk of disease. Sometimes when the body is low on sleep, it feels the need to garner extra energy from food, which can lead to overeating. This can especially trigger cravings for sugar-filled foods and empty-calorie snacks! Not good!
On top of all that, too little sleep can compromise results if you’re trying to build muscle or tone up. When the body is in a state of rest, it has prime time to recover and heal from the wear and tear it’s received all day. Without sufficient rest, your physical performance and hard-earned gains won’t meet their utmost potential. Think of it as removing something too early from the oven before it’s had enough time to cook. You won’t be happy with the result!
Now this can be difficult for individuals who work long hours or for students who keep busy with schoolwork, but it’s important to know when to draw the line, call it a day, and take care of yourself properly. Keep in mind the fitness trio: Exercise, Nutrition, and Sleep!