A few months ago, my boyfriend and I decided we could no longer share a full sized bed–we needed a king. I knew that if I was going to win the argument for why we needed to invest more money into a fancy mattress, then I was going to have to do some serious convincing. The argument that stuck was this: Did you know that getting a good night’s sleep can be the key to getting the most out of your workouts and fighting unwanted body fat?
Who knew, right? (Not me.)
I’ve known for a while that exercising regularly has been proven to help people sleep better at night. I also know research shows that adequate nutrition and calcium and magnesium intake, help the human body fall asleep and stay asleep. But I had no idea a good night sleep is the best weapon to guard against unwanted belly fat, and that it could even improve your athletic performance.
So how does sleep help fight unwanted body fat? Sleep helps us manage stress, and stress affects the amount of cortisone our bodies produce. Excess cortisone can cause unwanted belly fat, and induce sugar cravings to help us deal with our anxiety.
Sleep can also help improve our athletic performance. Check out this “Sleep Like A Champion” infographic I got from Casper (the company we ended up buying our new mattress from). It cites a study by Stanford University that showed football players who got a good night’s sleep improved their 40-yard dash times. The same study also showed improved shooting accuracy in basketball players who got a good night’s sleep.
Moral of the story? Go to bed! Getting a good night’s sleep is important for overall health so don’t deprived yourself of those Z’s! Do you have a hard time sleeping? You’re not alone. Check out these 5 tips to help you get a good night’s sleep.
What helps you sleep better at night?