Sleep: Do you get enough ZZZ per night?

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At 90 Days to change, Sleep is something which we see as vital tool in the process of making a better version of you


An obstacle that I find when trying to improve their overall health is the importance of having good quality sleep. Why? Simple really


The need to sleep in the biggest biological urge in the body. So please, when you’re feeling tired when watching your favourite program, and with the ability to record programs today. Give in – Don’t resist


How many hours do you get a night?


You should aim to get 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye every night. That gives your body the time it needs for sleep to do some very important things.


What time do you go to bed?


If you were base it on a normal days work. I would suggest ideally getting to bed between 10 to 10:30pm is absolutely ideal.

Now, I understand that this maybe difficult based on the of work you do. You might do night shifts, which I understand going to bed at them selected times could be an issue. What I would suggest is to try and get suggested amount of sleep


What happens when we are asleep?


What I am going to tell you now, will make you realise the importance of sleep.

So, when we don’t sleep, or enough for that matter our hormones become imbalanced, specifically the hormones that manage hunger, appetite (leptin and ghrelin), and blood sugar (insulin).

This means that when you don’t get enough sleep you are more likely to feel hungry, which leads you to eat more (especially filling carbohydrates).  And, because your insulin levels are also disrupted and therefore, less able to manage the extra carbs and resulting sugars, you are more likely to gain weight – which, in turn, makes inflammation and diabetes more likely


In the morning, we want cortisol levels to be high, waking us up and giving us the energy to get through the day. Cortisol production should gradually decrease through the day, until it reaches its lowest levels late in the evening when you are ready for bed. Other tasks which occur in your body include


  • Blood supply to muscles increases to aid recovery from workouts and day to day activities. Hormones are released, such as: Growth hormone, essential for growth and development, including muscle development.
  • Tissue growth and repair occurs to cells within your body.
  • Energy is restored so to allow an effective workout for the following day
  • Hormones are released, such as: Growth hormone, essential for growth and development, including muscle development
  • Sleep helps us thrive by contributing to a healthy immune system,
  • The one-third of our lives that we spend sleeping, far from being “unproductive,” plays a direct role in how full, energetic and successful the other two-thirds of our lives can be.


So my question to you is


How many hours do you get per night and what time roughly do you get to bed?


Yours in health



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