John Basedow: Sleep is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, but not everyone maintains a proper sleep schedule. Sleep affects your fitness as well as your overall health. The right amount of sleep can be different for everyone and depends on your activity level. Most people needs 7-9 hours of sleep at night, but athletes in training may need even more.
No matter what shape you are in of course sleep habits are dangerous on many levels. Not sleeping can increase weight gain and stunt muscle growth. Women can experience higher risks of cardiovascular problems, susceptible disorders such as psychological distress and depression and the lack of sleep in children can lead to child obesity resulting in further disorders as they grow older.
Start with a regular sleep schedule, go to bed and get up every day at the same time even on the weekends, you can't make lost hours even when you are sleeping. A regular schedule means you will be well-rested throughout the week. Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake and maintain control of your schedule especially if you are trouble following asleep or staying asleep.
When traveling give yourself enough time to acclimate to the time change especially if you go through more than one time zone.
For many sleep is often sacrificed for a high-stress job or their fast-paced family life, but nothing is more important than your health. Take the time to get enough sleep and you'll have a healthier, happier and more energetic life.