Sleep is a much too often overlooked component of health. Whether you are trying to lose weight, build muscle, increase your energy, or simply feel healthier in general, sleep can be a critical factor. In fact, depending on your individual body, you may end up doing everything right and still not see good results if you don’t give yourself adequate time to sleep. Every individual requires a different amount of sleep. The average is 8 hours, however, some individuals need 9, others feel fully rested after just 7. Try going to sleep earlier every day until you begin to wake up naturally just before your alarm rings.

Dieting

Sleep can affect how you lose weight because it affects both your diet and your metabolism. If you routinely are getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night, you may actually be giving up on some of the benefits you would have otherwise gotten from your hard work dieting and exercising. Some estimates say that as many as 35% of Americans are sleep deprived. Those that are sleep deprived are more likely to be obese.

Being Tired Makes You Hungry & Less Likely to Exercise

A lot of recent studies are beginning to show that routinely getting 6 or fewer hours of sleep per night may be linked to increased cravings for food. In addition, being tired makes it much more difficult to exercise effectively and may even cause you to skip on exercising altogether. If you do exercise, sleep deprivation may make it more likely that you’ll exercise incorrectly or get injured while exercising.

If you are serious about living a healthier lifestyle and feeling better, then you shouldn’t ever forget about the importance of sleep. Sleep is a key factor in terms of fitness, just like diet and exercise. Sometimes it seems like the time just isn’t available to sleep more. When you think about going to work, going to the gym, and taking care of all your other responsibilities, getting more sleep may not seem like a possibility. However, sometimes you’ve got to make the time, and that means going to bed at least 30 minutes earlier.