Could You Be In Need Of More Sleep?

There are a few tell tale signs that you may be lacking sleep which include fatigue, irritability, weakened immune response, high blood pressure and even depression. Training and exercising when tired is deleterious, no matter how hard you push you are limited, but this it seems could be the least of your problems! Other problems may include:

Poor Memory

Find yourself forgetting things?! Remembering the name of the quiet chap in the corner of the office, or the password for your Facebook account may be a little more difficult if you aren’t getting a minimum of 6-8 hours sleep each night.

Disrupted Appetite

Appetite is not usually a problem when training is at its peak, it makes you want to eat anything and everything, but throw in some stress hormones such as cortisol and disrupt the hormones involved in glucose metabolism (glucagon and insulin), and you might find your dietary routine takes a turn for the worst!

Less Strength

Other hormonal problems associated with a lack of sleep include reduced testosterone release and lower levels of growth hormone. Combine this with elevated levels of cortisol and your poor muscles take a right pounding, the net result is muscle catabolism (breakdown) and reduced growth.

Poor Concentration

When we are severely tired, our responsiveness and concentration is similar to that of a drunken person! If you’re finding you are day dreaming and vacantly staring into space, or maybe small things are distracting you, then the simple act of getting to sleep a bit earlier may give you the lease of life you need!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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