Sleep - Your Secret Superpower!*

Friday, 25 October 2019, By Liam Lomax

Your Secret Superpower - Are you using yours?

It's no question that sleep is important, but how important could it actually be?

Will burning the midnight oil come back to bite you?

The fact is that less sleep might not come back to bite you, but you might be doing a little more
biting than usual. Your brain on less sleep is like a gluttonous zombie. Sleeping too little dulls
activity in the frontal lobe, the part of the brain dedicated to decision making and impulse control.
And the brain's reward centre is all fired up, so you'll be more inclined to go for bigger, higher
carbohydrate meals. Put that all into a mixing bowl and you've got a recipe for disaster.

Even if you do manage to say no to that bigger-than-usual slice of cake at Susan from the office's
post-surgery party, there are other ways that less sleep will work against you.

Sleep affects your metabolism; and that's a big deal. Anything less than 7 hours of sleep will cause
your cortisol levels to spike, which prompts your body to hang on to energy for your waking hours.
In other words, you're more likely to store fat. If you cut sleep over a two week period, rates of
weight loss will decrease over 50% regardless of calories staying equal; and after just 4 days,
insulin activity is suppressed by 30%. This means that sugars cannot be converted into energy,
and fat in the bloodstream will not be used, meaning it will be stored somewhere (hips and thighs
are usually an easy landing zone)

Tips for a good night's sleep:

• Stay away from the computer, iPad, phone and TV an hour before bed
• Save the bed for sleep. Let it be a place for relaxation, not work
• Create a bed time ritual. Try not to work until the late of night, instead, take a bath
• Stick to the same sleep and wake up schedules. This is like training your body to know when to
fall asleep.
• Turn out the lights. Darkness cues melatonin, the sleep hormone, while light suppresses it

Happy slumbers!

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.

Join Drummoyne

Drummoyne Studio Articles

Protein Panic!

Protein Panic!*

Weight Loss

5 Myths Busted!

5 Myths Busted!*

Weight Loss

Got back pain? DO THIS!

Got back pain? DO THIS!*

Personal Training

Drummoyne Studio Testimonials

Lost 12kgs -beforeLost 12kgs -after

David Mclean

Lost 12kgs *

Lost 13kgs-beforeLost 13kgs-after

Suzanne Ellis

Lost 13kgs*

Lost 15kg-beforeLost 15kg-after

Adrienne Williams

Lost 15kg*

Body Transformation-beforeBody Transformation-after

David Macknamara

Body Transformation*

Lost 8% Body Fat!-beforeLost 8% Body Fat!-after

Murphy King-Smith

Lost 8% Body Fat!*

Lost 11kg-beforeLost 11kg-after

Iain Montague

Lost 11kg*

Lost 14kgs!-beforeLost 14kgs!-after

Damian Costigan

Lost 14kgs!*

Lost over 25 Ibs-beforeLost over 25 Ibs-after

Shelley Montague

Lost over 25 Ibs*

Lost 16kgs in 6 Months-beforeLost 16kgs in 6 Months-after

Natassia McMahon

Lost 16kgs in 6 Months*

Lost over 8kg-beforeLost over 8kg-after

Carmen Kelly

Lost over 8kg*

Lost 23kg!-beforeLost 23kg!-after

Roger Bertoni

Lost 23kg!*

*Individual results vary based on agreed goals

Connect With Us

Transform Your Life

with a Vision Personal Trainer

Thank you for your enquiry.

A studio representative will get back to you as soon as possible.