I keep noticing that after a really good sleep im physically at my most toned, i can understand why a good sleep helps build muscle (rest=repair) but i seem to burn considerable fat aswell, it temporarily clears my keratosis pilaris, a good sleep is generally amazing & takes years off.
I notice this effect most when i sleep in late on the weekends, now this is usually after a heavy night of a few drinks & joints and often after eating non-paleo bloaty type foods like grains & sugar, the good sleep seems to win out at least in the short term (i do think in the long run the sugar wins & turns to fat)
Sometimes even just having a couple very chilled out hours on a sunday afternoon has the same effect, id love to hear why sleep helps so much, or how it helps you...
"Sleep comes to your mind and body in four different stages, and each of the four stages of sleep has an important function to your physical and mental well-being. It is these stages of sleep that may become disrupted as you age, leading to many common sleep disorders.
The four stages of sleep enable your mind to alternate between two basic states: rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep) and non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM sleep). All four stages of sleep consist of NREM sleep. After the four stages of sleep, you will enter REM sleep for a period of time, and then you will cycle back into the four stages of NREM sleep again, followed by another period of REM sleep, and so on. Throughout the night, a normal sleep pattern would be to alternate between the four stages of sleep and then REM sleep. Insomnia symptoms may occur during any stage of sleep or insomnia may also interfere with REM sleep.
Therefore, NREM sleep is made up entirely of the four stages of sleep. Each stage may last from 5 to 15 minutes. During Stage One, you may be easily awakened and feel as if you never slept. Stage Two is a light stage of sleep in which your heart rate slows and your body temperature decreases. This is a sign that your body is preparing for the deeper stages of sleep.
Both Stage Three and Stage Four are deep sleep stages, known as slow wave or delta sleep. Stage Four provides a deeper sleep than Stage Three. It appears that Stage Three and Stage Four are the stages of sleep when the body repairs itself, builds muscle and bone tissues, and strengthens the immune system.
After the four stages of sleep, REM sleep occurs. Your first period of REM sleep should be about 10 minutes. As the night progresses, each of your REM sleep periods should be longer, with your final REM sleep lasting up to 60 minutes. As the name implies, REM sleep is a time when your eyes move rapidly in different directions. You’ll likely experience intense dreaming activity during REM sleep.
All four stages of sleep, plus REM sleep, enable your body to rest and restore energy levels. The effects of sleep deprivation can be dangerous because giving your body enough time to sleep is fundamental to good health, stress relief, and recovery from illness."
Sleep is about hormonal balance. Most prominently is the relationship between lack of sleep and HPA function. The HPA Axis involves the three big players: the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the adrenal. Three guys you don't want to mess with if you are looking to build muscle.
Secondarily (although I could argue either should be primary), the lack of sleep down regulates the response rate of the ANS. ANS touches all the involuntary parts of your CNS: Heart Rate, Digestion, Breathing, etc.
Then look at all the secondary and tertiary effects of these two systems. Glucose tolerance, cortisol reaction, thyriod, etc. One study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10543671) seems to indicate that healthy, young males can get into a pre- diabetic state after one week of 4 hours/ night sleep.
When you lift weights, what you're doing is really tearing the muscle tissue in a sound manner. After you consume your body utilizes certain supplements to repair your muscle tissue. What you have to recollect however, is that the protein and your body won't begin repairing your muscle tissue until you are very still for a broadened time of time, for example, sleep. This means in the event that you need rest, your body isn't getting sufficient time to repair and recuperate your muscles one hundred percent. Lack of sleep is a twofold terrible for individuals attempting to get fit and weight loss – it makes you blaze off fewer calories and it makes you consume more. The least demanding approach to lose fat is to get enough rest/sleep Sleep is very important in regulating hormones. Turns out that when you are sleep deprived your leptin decrease and your Ghrelin levels increase which causes your metabolism to slow down. If your prime objective is save muscle and burn fat sleep more 8.5 hours a night at least.
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