Archive for June, 2011

Friday, June 24th 2011

Fitness Drama: Sleeping With the Enemy {Joey’s Bedroom}

For the last 3 years or so - I’ve been sleeping on a very basic futon. As part of the major life transition I went through - it was simply part of the program... This futon is actually pretty good for an occasional 20 minute nap, but making it my place of rest was a challenge. It eventually became my enemy... So... A few weeks ago - I realized it was time for change... I wasn’t sleeping well. I was having odd aches and pains, not feeling well-rested the next day, and just not at the top of my game the way I know I should be... I knew it was the lack of deep, restful sleep on a proper bed... This had to be reversed. And I knew there was only one way for me to do this.... It’s called “Tempurpedic”!! If you have one yourself - you know what I mean - But if you don’t, I will tell you, for me, there is no better way to get a deep, restful sleep as compared to this incredible technology. I super-sized it, of course - so I have this “ocean” of sleeping space on the MOST comfortable surface I’ve ever sprawled out on. I couldn’t wait to crawl under the covers the first night, to feel the support, the cradling of my muscles-joints-bones and my soul, the “healing” power of this unique mattress. I awoke feeling like a new man. - Certain aches and pains were GONE the next morning... - My energy levels and alertness are humming... - My workouts are even more fantastic... - I even look “better rested”... - My dreams are even better!!
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Last night was night #2 - and tonight will be night #3... I look forward to every evening of sleep; ….now another one of life’s simple, yet powerful gifts... The futon has a new role now. It has become the couch in my family room :-) So, “what’s my point in all this”, you may be asking yourself... SLEEP is essential to a high quality of life. I mean, deep, restful, restorative sleep. If your sleep is less than ideal - it could be causing so many other issues for you - in all areas of your life, both internally and externally. One of the most important processes which happens while we sleep is: hormone regulation The better you sleep the better the hormonal processes. Period. And as we all know - the hormones are responsible for just about anything connected to your metabolism, energy, skin texture, physical performance, immune-function, libido, etc... For a deeper academic look; here is an article from Medscape.org The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism Proper sleep enables you to ‘LIVE to the MAX’ Poor sleep is a slow, steady and cumulative sacrifice which ages you quickly and prevents you from excelling in other areas of your life. Stay tuned for more on the “sleep-hormone-quality of life” connection... More to come. Have any questions or thoughts about today’s post? Feel free to use the comment section below.
Your trainer, --- Joey Atlas M.S., Exercise Physiology