Quality sleep helps new habits stick
Hey Sleep warriors. Happy New Year!
I love this time of year. It’s a fresh start. And everyone is talking about it - It’s a perfect time to commit to improving your sleep.
So, if you really want to make your new habits stick this year, it’s worth acknowledging the powerful role that sleep can play in helping you achieve your goals.
In today’s video, I’m going to briefly discuss three important ways that sleep deprivation sabotages even the best-laid plans for improved health.
- Better decisions. Adequate, quality sleep helps us make better decisions. When we don’t sleep enough, the frontal lobes of our brain are affected more than other parts of our brain - and this is the region responsible for judgment and impulse control. So, if you want to avoid the leftover Holiday goodies and instead opt for a trip to the gym, be sure to get enough sleep.
- Inadequate sleep is directly related to weight gain. This is because sleep deprivation leads to changes in appetite and satiety hormones. In other words, when you are sleep deprived, your body actually signals you to eat more, and is less likely to tell you that you are full. It also increases cravings for sugary and fatty foods - so combine this with the lack of impulse control I just talked about, and you are on the fast track to weight gain
- Inadequate sleep leads to low energy and motivation. This means it will take more willpower to exercise or take on challenging tasks. And if you haven’t heard, willpower is finite, and it isn’t effective at changing habits in the long run. Instead, adequate sleep allows us to feel vital and energetic, which causes us to naturally want to make healthy decisions, including exercising, choosing healthy foods, and feeling motivated to do hard things.
If you want to learn more about how sleep impacts optimal daily function, check out my masterclass entitled, “Why We Sleep”, and for the next week, it is available for only $9.97. That’s 50% off the regular price! But don’t delay, this deal is only good for the next week (ends January 12th, 2023). I encourage you to use education to help put your new habits in motion.
Thanks for being here, I’ll see you next week