Thursday 9.18.14

What if there was something that would improve your fitness, your mood, and your productivity levels and lower your risk for disease that was natural and 100% FREE? Would you be interested? I hope so! Any guesses?

SLEEP.

STAY WITH ME. I'd say there's probably a 50/50 split here. Half of us are reading this thinking: "You'd need to add hours to the day in order for me to be able to sleep any more that I already do, " while the other half is going, "I know I don't sleep the recommended 8 hours/day, but I get in 6 or so and I'm doing just fine."

Those thoughts are completely understandable. After all, we've been socially conditioned to believe that lack of sleep is part of life now a days for one reason or another, and therefore, don't put a whole lot of effort into considering what it would take to change our situation.

"When we do research and we sleep restrict people for only 3-4 days, they report feeling fine. It's like the guy in the bar who thinks he's 'fine' after 3-4 drinks. Our self awareness is equally impaired with sleep deprivation."

What exactly are you missing by not getting enough sleep?
"When we sleep, our brains flush harmful neurotoxins. We consolidate memories, we reinforce learning, we repair our bodies, we fight off infection and disease, we replenish hormones and neurotransmitters, and we put our bodies in a physiological state to be able to thrive the next day." 

"Sleep restricting young, healthy, athletic college students for just 4 days results in blood glucose levels and insulin levels consistent with obesity and diabetes. We know that CHRONIC sleep deprivation increases our risk for almost every disease..."

Watch this video for more information about how lack of sleep is effecting all areas of our lives.

WOD
Every 5 minutes for 20 minutes:
Row 500m
50 double unders
10 burpees

Endurance
Every 10 minutes for 40 minutes:
Run 800m
20 Slam balls 30/20#
10 pull ups (chest to bar proficient in pull ups)