How important is sleep?

This weekend our little man Boden (19 months old) got a little over tired from not napping that day which led to a really rough night for him and particularly my husband who slept on his floor so he wouldn’t scream all night. Just imagine it, Coach coop on the floor with a pillow, no blanket and one hand in the crib, apparently freezing to death but didn’t have a blanket. Pray for us.

That whole thought process of “if they don’t nap” they’ll sleep better is typically total crap. It turns out often times, sleep begets sleep for little ones. And well the truth is Sleep is one of the most important pilliars of health for us adults to.

As someone not getting much of it for the past couple of years, trust me when I tell you it’s important but beyond the mental fog and lack of energy there are things that happen on a biological level- so let’s just dive into a little bit of the effects and benefits of lsleep and why it’s important.

I know that in some seasons like the one I’m in, it seems impossible- but there are a few things we can try, even when it seems impossible.

Ok, so let’s look at the body and what happens:

The Body without Sleep:

Check out the image from Healhline.com

“If you are only getting a few hours of sleep before training- it’s like stepping over a $100 bill to pick up a penny.” That’s from Always Growing Nutrition.

Always Growing Nutrition

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t workout early or not workout if your not sleeping but it does mean it needs to be a priority and you might want to adjust training sessions/intensity and expectations accordingly.

Sleep Is critical to your performance and your results in the gym- so the next time your in the gym and your body isn’t moving right, or your not hitting your lifts that you have before, or little tweeks and twinges start popping up, ask yourself the questions- How have I been sleeping?

You might just find a reason. If not tune in next week for another critical pillar to health and performance. Hint- it’s what your eating!

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