Sleep : The most underrated supplement

Mohnish Alka Thakkar
Mohnish Alka Thakkar

 | 1 minute to read
Fitness Articles
So one night you decide on to binge a Netflix season . This goes on to continue for most part of the week . Along with it you are on your weight loss journey , following your diet and working out regularly . You check your weight and it won’t go down . You think of everything you did right but wait did you sleep right ?

Sleep . The most “underrated” Supplement . While we are getting advanced into technologies with new and new tv shows and programs our sleep time are getting relatively less. Less sleep can cause you to eat more , increase your stress levels , makes you feel weak in the gym and can affect your fat loss journey . So how does sleep actually affect your performance ? Two studies were conducted where by subjects were made to sleep 8.5hours vs 5.5hours. The Result: Sleep restriction decreased the proportion of weight lost as fat by 55% sleep and increased the loss of fat-free body mass by 60% (yep that’s huge) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20921542 Also in another study where participants were made to sleep for 8 hours vs 4 hours .The results were the participants who were sleeping for 4 hours consumed more calories then participants that were made to sleep for 8 hours. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20357041 Moreover less sleep has shown decrease in testosterone levels by 10-15% in the participants who underwent 1 week of sleep restriction to 5 hours per night . https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4445839 Take Away Points : -If you want good results in terms of fat loss ,muscle gain , improved workouts, healthy sleep routine is must . There might be multiple reasons why you can’t go to the bed or end up falling out of the routine it will become a lot harder to lose body fat. -Avoid consuming caffeine 6-8 hours prior to bed time which may affect your sleep cycle. -Avoid using electronic devices before 1 hour of bed time. -Try to get atleast 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep . -Don’t go hungry before bed time . Have some carbs before an hour of your sleep. Image Source : https://www.vpr.org/post/why-do-we-need-sleep#stream/0
user

Bhavana Pujar

I get 8 hrs of sleep once in a year 😃 it is not due to TV, phone but because my husband comes late so always go to sleep at 11 or 11.30 pm And wake up early in the morning as have to prepare tiffin for kids and husband

Global Community background