The subject line is a bit dramatic, right? Or is it?

Sleep is something that is often overlooked by many people looking to lose weight or make progress in the gym. 'What supplement should I take?, should I have a protein shake?'. 

There are many decisions we need to make day in, day out, to help make the progress we are looking for, and sleep is the foundation that all of this is built on. If you are consistently not getting adequate sleep it will be incredibly difficult to make good, basic decisions when it comes to food and lifestyle.

'I'm tired, I don't think I'll train'.

'I'm tired and stressed because I'm tired, I think I'll get a takeaway as I don't want to cook'.

'I'm tired, I can't be arsed'.

Aside from a lack of sleep affecting your decision making, it does actually have a huge impact on your physical and mental health as well. The image below touches on some of the benefits of adequate sleep and the problems with not enough.


If it's something you're interested in exploring more I highly recommend picking up the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. If you think my subject line was dramatic, wait until you read this book! Your outlook on sleep will change forever.

Next, we take a look at something everyone should be aware of - adequate sleep and fat loss. If you are dieting and actively looking to lose weight, if you are not getting enough sleep you will actually lose more muscle tissue than fat tissue. Those who get adequate sleep lose more fat than muscle tissue, the outcome everyone wants (muscle is very valuable for health and hard to build).

TASK.

Sleep is the absolute bedrock a healthy lifestyle is built on. For the rest of the 14 days I want you to fill in your hours of sleep to do a spot check on whether or not you get enough regularly. You'll see that if you fall outside the guidelines it will be marked as red, whereas inside is marked in green. This can be a big eye opener, and it's a massively valuable audit to do.

We focus on sleep hygiene on my online programme as a top priority, and the quality of life of anyone who moves from 'not enough sleep' in to 'adequate sleep' drastically improves as well as their performance and physique.

That's it for today, I hope you learned something new.

Chat soon,

Philly