What Sleep Deprivation Means For Your Workouts

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Sleep deprivation affects workout that ranges from being less motivated and feeling tired easily after an active session. As a student, the hectic schedules of midterms, final exams, papers, and projects makes it tempting to make a couple of sleep sacrifices in order to manage the workload. Pulling all-nighters to focus on school are common habits students start to develop for school. Without realizing it, these type of habits will slowly start to affect other areas of your life which can include your exercise schedules. The effort put into achieving a healthy and fit lifestyle may not even work out as the lack of sleep diminishes all your efforts. Motivations such as weight loss and muscle gain will take longer to achieve when you decide to cut the sleep in your life. Here is what is going on in your body when you do not get enough sleep:

 

Shorter Recovery State

Every workout needs a lot of energy and the body needs time to recharge for the next day. The body can only rest when a person is asleep, so the shorter amount of time asleep, the more likely you would feel fatigue the next day. You will not have the energy to feel prepared for the upcoming day ahead and there will be muscle fatigue, which means that your muscles will be weak and does not sustain the strength it normally does. Thus, when you work out with little sleep, the whole workout session does not do much for your body. Sleep is also a time for muscle building and less sleep means less muscle development. Stress hormones called cortisol are released when you are sleep deprived, which also affects the formation of muscles. If you are lifting weights to gain some muscles, it’s probably a good idea to keep a consistent good night’s sleep schedule to let your muscles develop!

 

Adding on Extra Weight

Little sleep means that there is a change of diet patterns throughout the day where you will develop a tendency to snack. Not getting enough sleep the night before will make your body releases more ghrelin, which increases appetite, and less leptin, which is a hormone responsible for making how full you are. Being more hungry leads to constant snacking that makes it more tempting to grab unhealthy foods such as a bag of chips. For people who started exercising to obtain the goal of weight loss, being sleep deprived will actually be counter-productive.

 

You probably didn’t realize how lack of sleep have ways of affecting your workout routines, so remember to rest up every opportunity you can, including afternoon naps. Don’t let all your efforts of going to the gym go to waste, and get a proper good night’s sleep!