Sleep is more important than Food

You guys. I cannot stress enough…you cannot just eat “right.” you cannot just workout. you cannot just get tons of sleep. You MUST find a balance of meat/veggies(not just fruit, not just veggies, not just meat, not just nuts), working out more than 3x/week, PLUS getting rest (and I think this is where most people are lacking).  YOU MUST find a balance to all of this especially when you are hard on yourself about your goals in the gym.

“Sleep deprivation mimics many elements of the aging process. One could make the argument that how you feel when you are sleep deprived is likely how you will feel if you are both diabetic and old (sleep deprivation dramatically impacts insulin sensitivity). Improved sleep time and quality will help you: Lean out, avoid depression, autoimmunity, heart disease…it might even help you be a better athlete. This is a very interesting article for me in that coaches simply tried a schedule more conducive to better sleep and they saw immediate performance improvements in their players. They also dumped the AM shootaround session and saw improvements. More down time, less junk “mileage”.” – Robb Wolf on Sleep – The I was unable to link the referenced article – but you ought to get the idea of the importance of sleep.

Robb Wolf’s List of Most Important things

  1. air
  2. water
  3. sleep
  4. food

Having trouble sleeping? Robb commented on a post in this article from a woman who has trouble sleeping at night.  Other than turning off ALL LIGHTS in the bedroom he recommended the following.  In addition, you need to continue to research this topic on your own and figure out what you need to do to get more rest.

“Sleep-That is a tough one…we noticed that if we can keep the light low and no computer/TV in the evenings we crash out pretty easily. Sounds like you run a very tight schedule so it can be hard to simply plough through the door, hop in bed and sleep. I think we need some “in-between” time where we are just hanging out…but obviously this whittles into our potential sleep time…tough to balance. You might try 100mg 5HTP before bed to solidify the quality of your sleep. 1000mg of buffered vit-c can also reduce cortisol levels before bed…this is a big help for me.

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