Are you missing this one important piece of the puzzle?

Do you feel like you’re spinning your wheels at the gym? You do it all: cardio, weight lifting, classes. You eat well and pay attention to macros, and yet, you feel like there’s little to show for it. Sure you have the weekly happy hour with friends or a dinner party here or there but you certainly aren’t throwing all caution to the wind during these times. So why won’t your body change? 

There may be one HUGE aspect you’re overlooking: Sleep. If you aren’t dedicating yourself to getting good sleep each night, you could be unknowingly sabotaging all of your hard earned progress. 

You see, sleep is our body’s way of recovering and rebuilding each night after the battery of trials we put it through every day (mentally and physically). If you aren’t giving yourself enough sleep to undo the gym damage, you won’t see that progress you’re craving. 

In fact, if you’ve had just two days of too little sleep, your body will start to change production of two hunger hormones, ghrelin and leptin. When this happens, hunger goes up (ghrelin) and satiety signaling goes down (leptin). That means you’ll be hungrier and less satiated when you do eat. 

So take a look at your schedule. Are you giving yourself adequate time to wind down each night, without a phone in your hand? Do you have a nightly routine that signals your body to start getting ready for sleep? It doesn’t have to be fancy, but doing things each night at the same time: washing your face, brushing your teeth or spending 5 minutes to journal, tell your body it’s time to relax and prepare for sleep. 

What does your sleep hygiene look like? What can you change about it to get better sleep?