Sleep is incredibly important for our overall health and well-being. It's not just about feeling rested and energized, but it plays a crucial role in our body's ability to build muscle, burn fat, and adapt to exercise. In fact, studies have shown that sleep is just as important for our health as diet and physical activity. When we don't get enough sleep or have poor sleep quality, it can negatively impact our hormone profile, increase cravings for unhealthy foods, and hinder our body's ability to recover and build muscle. Lack of sleep can also lead to increased body fat storage, even when calories are controlled.
One interesting point that was made in a documentary I watched is that if sleep wasn't absolutely imperative, evolution would have gotten rid of it a long time ago. When we sleep, we are vulnerable and not actively seeking food or shelter, so it's clear that sleep serves a vital purpose. However, in today's modern world with constant access to technology, artificial lighting, and