How lack of sleep can impact your gains

How lack of sleep can impact your gains

Sleep deprivation occurs when you get less sleep than you need.  While sleep plays an indispensable role in good health and overall wellbeing, lack of sleep is a common problem affecting many of us. So, what really happens when you’re sleep-deprived? In this article, I’m going to highlight some of how a lack of sleep impacts your gains.

Weight gain

While there are other factors that may cause weight gain, scientific evidence linking lack of sleep and weight gain is overwhelming. A research done by sleep researchers from Colorado University demonstrated that one week of sleep deprivation causes weight gain of about 2 pounds. Essentially, poor sleep alters chemical signals that regulate hunger and appetite. When you’re short on sleep, the body produces more of the hormone ghrelin, which triggers feelings of hunger. Therefore, you’ll find yourself craving for sugar-laden and junk-foods.

Generally, you are less likely to make prudent decisions on healthy eating when you’re low on sleep. Therefore, plentiful sleep is a key ingredient in maintaining a healthy weight.

Low sex drive

You’ll be surprised to learn that lack of sleep is a major cause of divorce. About 10% of marriages have had to end because of sleep issues. That’s how important sleep is when it comes to sex drive. A growing body of research has shown that poor sleep affects sexual function in both men and women. No matter your age, lack of sleep lowers levels of testosterone, affects your mood, and causes arousal problems, all of which contribute to low sexual desire.

You look and feel older

Everyone wants to look and feel youthful. Skimping on sleep is a sure way to feel sluggish all day and have your complexion looking lifeless. The reduction of sleep time even by one or two hours consistently can have long-term damaging effects on the skin and how you feel. Poor sleep reduces blood flow to the skin and impairs the production of HGH, a collagen-producing hormone that helps to keep the skin elastic and firm. Besides, you lose out on skin repair and rejuvenation, which occurs during restful sleep. Therefore, sleep deprivation contributes to skin wrinkles, skin dehydration, and increases your risk of skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Sleep deprivation also impairs the production of hormones involved in muscle growth and bone health. Skimping on sleep on a consistent basis only leads to reduced bone density and muscle mass. This has a direct effect on your flexibility, posture, and active life. To look your best, you need healthy muscle mass and bone density, and these can only be achieved through plentiful sleep.

Impaired judgment

Lack of sleep impairs your judgment, making it harder to make calculated decisions. This exposes you to a higher risk for accidents and injury when you’re behind the wheel, on the job, at home, and even on the sports field. A research done by the National Sleep Foundation shows that sleep deprivation is a major cause of accidental death. Besides, highly sleep-deprived workers are at a higher risk of work-related accidents.

Clearly, lack of sleep impacts nearly every aspect of your life. Be sure to think about what you stand to lose the next time you’re tempted to skimp on sleep.

Rate your sleep

So on the scale of 0 to 5.  Zero being awesome you get about 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  Level 5 is the worse, you may be experiencing mild to severe insomnia…and sleeping pills don’t seem to work any longer

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