Our Tignum approach is about total integration of mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery to improve your overall vitality, resilience, performance and ultimately YOUR longevity. Much as been written about how vital sleep is to your recovery but I haven’t seen much that link sleep deprivation to negatively impacting your nutritional status.
A recent sleep study helped clarify what happens nutritionally and metabolically in sleep deprivation. The study measured the effects of short term (7 days ) sleep restriction on blood glucose metabolism The study was conducted in healthy men who underwent sleep restriction of 5 hours/night for one week. Metabolic markers for glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity were measured. Results showed within the 7 day study, metabolic changes did occur consistent with increased insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance has been associated with increased risk of diabetes, increasing inflammatory conditions implicated in cognitive decline, joint deterioration and other degenerative diseases. In fact, estimates suggest there is 8-10 year reduction in lifespan with those that suffer from impaired glucose metabolism.
The significance of this study is a bit sobering on a few levels for sustainable high performance and overall vitality. The men studied were “healthy men” and time frame was only 7 days to see metabolic changes that set the stage for a host of conditions that would impact performance and health.
Combine this study with findings from Stanford University:
_Healthy men deprived of a single night’s sleep have 30 percent drop in their immune system activity.
_The emotional centers of the brain become 60 percent more reactive after thirty-six hours of sleep deprivation, thus impairing our judgment and response.
Take time to review your sleep and realize the next 7 days could be vital to improving your resilience and energy while decreasing your risk for disease.
Think Optimal Sleep Think Nutritional Impact.
By Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition