When most people think about their health and fitness program, the components usually include some combination of diet and exercise, but many are missing a key component that will enhance both of those other factors: sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is becoming rarer and rarer these days but the benefits are multi-faceted. On top of having the energy and motivation to get to the gym for a workout, a good night’s sleep will help you skip reaching for a cup of coffee or energy drink or sugary candy bar for that midday boost to your focus. Also, a good night of sleep increases your metabolism while lack of sleep decreases levels of the hormone leptin which is what tells our body when to stop eating. In short, the less you sleep, the more you’ll eat!
About the author: Personal Trainer Ricky Buoncore rarely reaches for a cup of coffee in the afternoon, and he almost always gets a good night’s sleep.