Sleep and Stress





Sickness versus Wellness is why we CrossFit, eat paleo, and start to consider what’s important in life.  Our bodies were meant to respond to acute stress, the fight or flight kind, where we respond to a short-term stressful situation. Our bodies were not meant to deal with chronic stress, long-term stressful lifestyles (like  going from an early busy morning, to a long day hating your job, to a long busy evening with family or work at home).  This affects us because “From your adrenal glands’ perspective, your overbearing supervisor might as well be a hungry lion chasing you – for eight hours every day.”

Why is this a problem?

“Your hormonal system is one of the major victims of chronic stress. In healthy circumstances, your body maintains a balance between stress and relaxation, regulated by the cycle of two hormones: cortisol (which stimulates wakefulness) and melatonin (which causes sleep). Cortisol and melatonin naturally fluctuate during the day in a cycle known as your circadian rhythms – cortisol peaks in the morning and dips in the evening, when melatonin takes over during sleep.

By stimulating continuous production of cortisol, chronic stress causes imbalances in your hormonal cycle and disruption of your circadian rhythms. Instead of giving way to melatonin in the evening, cortisol stays high, leaving you lying awake worrying because your body never got the signal to wind down and prepare for sleep. Even if you do fall asleep, elevated cortisol can disrupt the rhythms of your natural sleep cycle, making your sleep not as restful. Sleep deprivation it itself a stressor, so the cycle becomes self-perpetuating.”

Pleeeaaase Read more  from the Paleo Diety Lifestyle to convince yourself that sleep is important for so many reasons and you MUST re-organize your life for your wellness and sanity.

As for my 2 cents, You should be satisfied with ALL decisions you make in life and don’t complain about things that ARE in your control (excuses are like buttholes).



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2 responses to “Sleep and Stress

  • Jessica H.

    Yes! I’ve always been partial to sleep. While life has become ridiculously busy and hectic the two things I refuse to give up are working out and sleep. I definitely pencil in my workout every day and while “sleep” is not written in my calendar I know what days I need to be home early, not schedule anything, and such so I can wind down and get in bed. Also, I have been sleeping SO WELL since this challenge has begun. I actually woke up this morning prior to reading this post and thought, “Danngggg…I slept like a log yet again and am feeling no need for coffee or more sleep.” Love it!

  • Joe Bender

    I’ve always had the problem that I have too much cortisol at night and not enough in the morning, and it sounds like that is common in America now and probably influenced by blood sugar levels partly. I noticed that if I eat more fat I sleep longer, and fruit makes me sleep less. I wonder if anyone else has noticed that.

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