Sleep

Doing everything right but struggling to reach your health and fitness goals? How you sleepin? At least 30% of Americans report getting less than the recommended amount of sleep. That’s a lot! We get it, life is BUSY. But what happens when we don’t get enough sleep? Chronically low sleep has been connected in research to increased appetite (particularly carbohydrates), increased body fat, impaired glucose metabolism and type 2 diabetes, increased blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, decreased cognitive function, and an increased risk of mortality, to name a few. You end up working against all those hard efforts. So what’s enough? Recommended sleep for most adults is minimum 6 hours nightly, ideally 7-9 hours, and closer to 10-11 hours for athletes. Best practice is keeping the same sleep schedule every night, even on weekends. Trouble falling asleep? Before bed, try a meditation or guided breathing app on your phone, minimize screen time, and limit food/beverages to small quantities. Happy sleeping!