The way you sleep at night can either help your progress or hinder it.
Sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of getting leaner and healthier.
We talk a lot about hormones and metabolism on this show, and about all the food and fitness related things you can do to optimize them, but we don’t often talk about one of the most important daily things you need to do to become a fat burning muscle building machine. – We’re talking sleep.
Without sleep you’ll have a hard time building muscle, and an even harder time burning off unwanted “stubborn” body fat. Sleep affects your hormones and your hormones affect your metabolism.
A lot of times people think they are doing everything right to live lean, but they don’t realize that efforts in the gym and even in the kitchen can be undermined when sleep is missing.
Not to be dramatic, because every action you take to get fit and healthy has some impact, but without the right kind of sleep to tie it all together you will find yourself frustrated and probably wondering why you’re not seeing better results.
Disclaimer: I know that getting the perfect night’s sleep every night is unrealistic. – I’m a new mom with a 14 month old baby. I know better than anyone that a full night’s sleep is a luxury!
But as with everything, perfection is not even the goal here. Progress is.
And there are plenty of things you can do to start making progress in the sleep department.
You need to train yourself to sleep well, just like you train your muscles and your eating habits, your sleep does get better over time with the right plan.
There are lots of tips out there that can help you improve your sleep. Things like blackout curtains, sleep masks, ear plugs, or white noise machines..
But here’s the honest truth about what I did in the past and what I still do today that helps me get quality sleep.
That’s pretty much it.
I also keep the temperature cool and the room as dark as possible, but other than those few things I never really had a hard time getting a solid night’s sleep. I know some people struggle more than others so if you’ve ever struggled with sleep and found a way to make it happen you should share your story in the comments below so it might help others.
Remember, proper sleep is absolutely key to your best health, fat loss and muscle building potential so don’t skip over it or treat it like it doesn’t matter. Take it seriously and start seeing better results within a few weeks.
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