Beaufort Health and Fitness: Sleep it off

How many of us get enough sleep? Be honest… do you know how many hours of sleep you get nightly? weekly? yearly? It adds up… Sleep studies suggest we spend a 1/3 of our life sleeping. But how we sleep and the events up to the actual process of sleeping affects how our sleep will be.

Most humans spend minimal dollars on a minimum grade bed, when if we spend a 1/3 of our life sleeping why be stingy? We would rather stay up way too late focusing on that brand new 50” TV on our wall or our brand new smart phone. We’re obsessed.

However most of us dont realize that when we spend pointless time on our phones in bed before sleep and that has a disruption in the production of the sleep inducing hormone, melatonin. As well as disrupting our circadian rhythms.

When we sleep, there is 2 different types of sleep… REM (rapid Eye Movement) and Non REM sleep. We Strive for the deepest sleep possible, Non REM sleep. Fitness goers this is great for you… This is when the body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system.

As you age, you tend to not sleep as deep. Aging is also linked to shorter time spans of sleep, although studies show you still need as much sleep as when you were younger. This also correlates to your metabolism. Researchers say your metabolism gets tired, you need to rest and restore it through sleep.

Beaufort Health and Fitness: Sleep It Off

Heres your CHALLENGE for this week. Can you go to bed an hour earlier for an entire week?  Take mental notes of how you feel after you complete the challenge.


Coach Jackson Davis


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