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Making Our Body Feel "Safe"

Sleep is our friend as an athlete and a human as it allows the body a chance to rest and truly recover. Not only does it assist us in staying focused and alert, but it also allows us to keep balanced quantities of the hormone’s leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain that you are full, while ghrelin is the hormone that tells your brain that you are hungry. If we do not get enough sleep or we have interrupted sleep, our leptin and ghrelin levels become unbalanced and we might start to crave things that are unusual for our day to day nutrition (think: sugary foods, more caffeine, or even decreased hunger levels) and we may find ourselves unsatisfied (not full) with what we are eating. Our nutrition choices can be a direct effect of how much sleep we got the night before. We are looking to aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night. 😃



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