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Shape Up: Get In Bed, Mister!

unnamed1-360x537You need sleep, no doubt about it. We all make excuses for not getting enough. We know you work hard and have responsibilities that make it hard to get the suggested eight hours. Maybe you’d rather jump into bed with some hottie you met at the gym than get some shut eye. No judgments. But regardless, here are some effects of not sleeping that could be easily fixed by catching up on your zzz’s…

Sleeping too little can make you gain weight.  

When we are sleep deprived, our bodies crave high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. Simply by increasing your sleep, you will find that you won’t crave those sweets that you’ve always had a difficult time giving up.

Your sex drive decreases with sleep deprivation.  

Studies have shown that men who do not get adequate sleep have lower libidos and less interest in sex than men who get enough sleep. So get your sleep on so that you can get your groove on!

Losing sleep increases chances of health issues.  

It has been found that lack of sleep increases resting blood pressure. If your blood pressure is already high, getting only half a night’s sleep for just one night can cause it to spike up. In addition, chronic sleep deprivation can cause inflammation that is associated with future cardiovascular disease.

Group-Shot-360x221Don’t work out too close to bedtime.  

We all know that we have to get the workout into our busy schedules when we can. However, try to finish your workout 3-4 hours before you plan to hit the hay. It takes a few hours for your body temperature to cool down and may leave you too wired mentally to fall asleep.

Sleep is the time when our muscles repair themselves and our bodies restore the nutrients to the muscles, allowing them to grow and stay strong. Make sure you are giving your body and your mind the rest it needs to be your best self. Sleep tight!

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