certainly more than I care to admit. But I'm human and it happens. It reinforced just how critical it is to guard my resting hours and be sure to sleep the best I can every night. Thankfully my family extend grace and are merciful. I had some apologizing to do and forgiveness to ask, to which they accepted and gave. So what is up with sleep? Why is it so important for the body, and especially for the brain and its assistance in the mind renewal process?
The body utilizes the sleeping hours to repair and rebuild when an individual is exercising. When people ask me about the first thing to implement when hoping to lose fat, I suggest they start focusing on getting enough sleep. This was a big one for me a couple years ago. I was amazed at how much better I felt, and recovered, once I started sleeping seven to eight hours a night, instead of six or so. When building muscle, ample sleep is crucial for muscle growth, which leads to a more efficient metabolism, which leads to fat loss.
loss of inhibition, mood swings, negative perceptions of situations, reduced concentration and cravings for low quality foods. In short, we become more instinctual and reactionary, rather than compassionate and responsive. This may also lead to excessive caffeine and junk food consumption, coupled with reduced exercise time, potentially creating a storm where people may wonder what in the world happened to their spouse, parent, or friend.
The cycle can be disrupted with a good night's sleep and continuing the pattern, to assist in increased blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, which allows one to experience lower stress levels, more discipline for study time or meditating on God's Word, balanced moods, realistic assessments of situations with others, and continued focus on what matters most. Our time becomes less about putting out fires we may have caused due to a lack of sleep and more about giving energy to a process where we more often operate from the mind of Christ.
I'm sure this may be an oversimplification of a more complex situation, but it certainly encourages me to get to bed early and sleep solid, in order to build muscle and renew my mind.
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