Stress and Cortisol

Stress MuchThe Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

Do you have conflict in your life? Are you wound tight, and do you have constant emotional ups and downs?  If your answers are yes then you likely have impaired insulin sensitiity.  Now your behavior could actually be from poor insulin sensitivity due to bad diet and inadequate sleep, but it could be that your stress is causing your insulin resistance.  When we are subjected to stress for a long period of time, our body will tend to produce too much cortisol.  Cortisol is helpful in stressful situations, as it releases stored energy from the liver in the form of glucose and fats.  When we are running from a bear, this is a good thing.  In today’s world, however, your stressed-out hissy fit is pretty similar to eating a candy bar, but without any of the fun. You release sugar and fats from your liver because your genetics think you are in danger, and you may need to run or fight for your life.  Instead you are overrun by stress and your health and waist line are paying the price.

Just to be clear: You could be eating a smart, low-carb, Paleo diet, and still fail to see many benefits due to chronically high stress.

Stress can come from loss of sleep, working longer hours and with people you don’t like, worrying about money, or taking care of the kids.  Sleep is one of the most important factors concerning stress.  It should be normal for man to have higher cortisol levels in the morning where you feel awake and ready for the day!  Then, you should have lower levels at night, when it’s time for bed. You will perform better in your WODs and will begin feeling more refreshed.

Robb Wolfs guide to better sleep

1. 8-9 hours/ night

2. no “ringy-dingy” alarm clock (that means Shaun needs a new ringer)

3. Your bedroom needs to be pitch black when you sleep.  No Tvs, computers, or lights of any kind! NONE!

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