SLEEP! Impactful facts about sleep that hopefully don't keep you up at night.

After listening to sleep expert Dr. Matthew Walker talk about his research findings on sleep, it gave me a brand new perspective on sleep. His book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the power of Sleep and Dreams covers copious amounts of profound and mind-blowing facts about how sleep should be considered thee most significant elements of your health.

Yes, even more than nutrition and exercise. Why? Well, you could be eating right, but if you don’t get 7-9 hours of sleep, it can throw off your insulin and blood glucose levels, making you crave carbohydrate rich foods like sugar and starch. All of that from just from one night of bad sleep. When you consider that the average American gets 6.5 hours of sleep, it becomes even more clear why Americans are generally unhealthy.

If you think exercise is more important than sleep, think again. Dr. Matthew Walker says that sleep is the best performance enhancing “drug” on the market. Of course sleep is not a drug, but compared to taking exogenous human growth hormone or steroids, you would be better off having a consistent regiment of healthy sleep. Sleep is when your body and mind reset and recover. So all those gains you make in the gym mean aren’t nearly as significant if you’re not getting ample sleep.

Here are a few other hard facts about sleep that caught my attention:

  • Sleep boosts testosterone and lack of sleep makes you 10 years older from a testosterone standpoint.

  • Your body needs to drop its core temperature 2-3 degrees to fall asleep, so keep your room around 68 degree F.

  • Alcohol and cannabis interrupt your REM sleep cycle. Any issues with any of the 4 sleep cycles kills your perfect night of sleep.

  • There is 24% jump in the number of heart attacks occurring the Monday after we “spring forward” for daylight saving time. Then a 21% drop in the number of heart attacks when we gain the hour back.

These facts are profound, but we also need to know why we can’t obtain a proper sleep cycle even if we try. I will cover this in a future blog post.

Message me with any questions, comments, or concerns about your sleep and how we can get it back on track.

Thank you for reading, stay on the path!

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