A lot of people believe that Paleo is merely a diet. But this is not true. Remember that the central premise of Paleo is that our genes are optimally expressed under certain conditions. Diet is an important but not exclusive aspect of your genetic expression. Think of Paleo as a comprehensive lifestyle consisting of three main pillars: Activity, Food, and Sleep. Your health rests on all three pillars and if one of them wobbles, the whole thing is coming down.
Of the three, sleep is the hardest to dial in. I have to study! I have to catch up on my shows! My friends are at the bar! And so on. How did our priorities get so screwed up? Why do we think of sleep as the indulgence of slackers and half-wits?
Scientists at Surrey University recently showed that sleep deprivation turns off the genes that our body uses to modulate metabolism, immunity, inflammation, and stress. So sleeping less than six hours doesn’t just make you grouchy and ineffective; it puts you at risk for obesity and heart disease.
Unlike changing your nutrition or your work out, sleep gives you a big health benefit for not much effort. So sleep more! Live longer!