You are gaining 56 pounds a year because your sleep sucks. How dare I make such an audacious claim, you ask? I can make this claim because I have put in the time and study to make such a claim. For 15 years I have been a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist for groups aging from youth to seniors. I have been educating myself for far longer though, with study, trial and error for the last 25 years as I followed my passion for fitness.
But enough about me. Let’s look at the science. Recent studies show when a person is tired they move less, they skip more workouts and make poorer food choices. These add up to a 30% decrease in calories burned. If you are asking, is 30% really a significant amount, consider this: The average male basal metabolic rate (BMR) is 1800 calories per day. Now, the average male will burn more calories than this with daily activity, but, for the sake of argument let’s assume you burn 1800 calories in a day. Or you would, on a day you aren’t tired. Given that 30% of 1800 is 540 calories, that number drops to 1260 calories burned in a day. A 540 calorie deficit in calories burned adds up to 197,100 calories in a year. Given that 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound of fat, that adds up to 56.314 pounds of fat that you aren’t burning just because you aren’t sleeping well.
56.314 lbs a year seems like a lot (because it is) but that’s not all….. Not by a long shot! When we are tired we tend to eat out more often (because we are too tired to cook), eat higher calorie food with less nutrients and overeat. So not only are you not burning your full caloric potential but you are also eating more unhealthy food contributing to even more weight gained.
Well luckily sleep issues aren’t that common, right? Wrong. Some studies have shown up to 80 million people in the US alone suffer from some sort of sleep disorder or deprivation, that’s 24.6% of the United States. The United States is continuing to lose the battle to obesity and I can’t help but think there has to be a correlation.
Luckily, the supplement industry is catching on to the importance of sleep when it comes to health and fitness. There are products that are emerging out there to help you reach a deeper more restful sleep. Sadly, there are also products that help in the short term and cripple you in the long term. Ingredients like Tryptophan, Magnesium Citrate, and Gamma Aminobutyric Acid have been scientifically shown to assist you in achieving a deeper more restful sleep, While products like Melatonin hormones have been shown to help in the short term but risk losing your natural melatonin production, which is essential to restorative sleep.
When looking for something to help you achieve your potential I encourage you to do your due diligence. Look for products like Stasis, Our own all natural sleep aid that will help your body produce the factors and hormones it needs to get deep, restorative sleep. Look for products that are upfront about the ingredients and doses. Look for products that can help you reach the point that your sleep is recovered, and can then be used on an as-needed basis.