Throughout our articles, we continually refer to ways that you can make your body work more efficiently. One of the keys to doing just that is to maintain a proper sleep regimen.
Don’t be misled. While you are resting, your body is hard at work. You are burning calories, repairing muscle tissue, and operating within a system of biorhythms that keeps you performing at peak levels.
The higher your metabolism, the more sleep you need. Conversely, the less sleep you get the more likely you will be to gain weight. The American Thoracic Society just released a study involving 68,183 women over 16 years. The results showed that women who only allowed themselves five hours of sleep per night gained an average of more than 33 pounds over that time period. As the number of hours of sleep they got per night increased, the number of pounds decreased.
Every time you work out, you damage your muscle tissue a little bit. Regeneration of that tissue takes place while we are at rest, primarily while we sleep. Giving yourself a good night’s sleep allows your body to not only repair the damaged muscle, but rebuild it to be stronger than it was before.
Don’t mess with the biorhythms. Have you ever allowed yourself to sleep in a couple extra hours and then noticed that you felt sluggish for the rest of the day? Your body has an internal clock that functions best when you go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, allowing for plenty of rest in between. When you deviate from that schedule, either by sleeping too little or too long, you disrupt your biorhythms. Studies have shown that once you have disturbed that schedule, it can take up to three days for your body to fully recover and get back on track.