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D4G-Fit’s Guide to Sleep and Stress Management

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 1:32 PM Comments comments (2)

Alarming Facts:
A large percentage of chronic conditions such as insomnia are related to stress.
Lack of sleep has been linked to being overweight/obese and several health problems.

What causes stress?
Causes of stress may include the work environment, loss due to death, divorce, financial obligations, time commitments, traffic, spiritual and emotional, home environment, change, exercise, medical conditions, emotional conditions (anxiety, depression, grief) medicines, unhealthy diet, and fear of uncertainty.

What are the symptoms of stress?
Symptoms of stress can include insomnia, fatigue, headache, agitation/irritability, lowered immunity, lightheadedness upon rising: low blood pressure, poor recovery from exercise, upset stomach, food cravings (especially salt), short term memory loss, and belly fat accumulation.

How stress impacts function of the body, health, weight, and metabolism:
-Lack of sleep alters hunger-regulating hormones leading to unmanaged hunger.
-Lack of sleep can be related to skin problems such eczema, acne, and psoriasis 
-Lack of sleep can cause digestive issues such as heartburn, ulcers, and irritable bowl syndrome.
-Lack of sleep also decreases the release of growth hormones which helps your build and repair muscles and maintains metabolic rate which is a key to weight control. 
-Stress increases cortisol levels which can cause cravings and insomnia. Stress may lead to insulin resistance and an increase in belly fat. It also shifts thyroid function, thus possibly decreasing metabolism. 
-The risks associated with chronic stress are high blood pressured, increased insulin levels, increased risk of infections, autoimmune disease, allergies, fibromyalgia, heart disease, cancer, strokes….etc.

Action plan to alleviating stress:
Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Practice meditation and yoga. Avoid overtraining during workouts. Eat nutritious meals from whole foods.

In conclusion, a lack of sleep and stress is damaging to your overall health leading to weight gain and illness. Schedule your complimentary consultation today, so Coach Marnie can determine your needs and help you establish goals to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Contact information: [email protected].

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