If you’ve come to this blog, you are probably looking for ways to improve your health whether that be athletic performance, weight loss, longevity, what have you. Diet and exercise are the obvious lifestyle hacks to better yourself, however a critical, often overlooked, aspect of life is sleep. Sleep becomes something we easily sacrifice in our busy day to day life and in some instances, ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to ignoring the effects of insufficient sleep, this isn’t exactly the case. Sleep should be considered of equal importance, if not ahead of, diet and exercise. According to Matthew Walker, PhD and sleep expert, there is no process in the body that doesn’t benefit from sleep, it is a time to restore and repair the wear and tear of wakefulness. Unfortunately, our society tends to denigrate sleep to the point of minimizing it as much as possible, and this often contributes to the excessive need or reliance on stimulants, which can further disrupt sleep.
Additionally, sleep has a significant impact on metabolic health. Poor sleep is highly correlated with impaired glucose metabolism, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance, all of which are risk factors for Type-2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Dom has personally noticed elevated glucose levels following a poor night’s sleep.