Why sleep is so important for weight loss
Are you skipping on your sleep? ‘Yea maybe’ you say to yourself but it’s no biggie.
Did you know this can have a big impact on your weight loss? 😳 ‘No!’ Ok now we have your attention.
But why do we actually need sleep?
- To improve our ability to adhere to daily tasks and our improve our willpower.
- Assist muscle recovery.
- Helps improve our metabolic function.
- To assist our body to manage blood sugar levels.
- Support our immune system.
- To rejuvenate our brain.
- Sleep deprivation has been linked to insulin resistance, depression and WEIGHT GAIN.
If you’re trying to slim down or maintain your weight, the problem may not be your healthy eating or your workouts. It could be your sleep. Studies show that there are many links between snoozing poorly and the ability to lose weight. Here’s why:
“Over time, lack of sleep can change how your body processes blood sugar and regulates the hormones that control hunger and appetite,” says Fitbit sleep advisor Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Some research reveals that sleeping for an average of six hours or less increases your risk of weight gain and, if this sleep deprivation is chronic, can cause you to become obese.
During the night, you get a natural increase in the hormone leptin, which keeps you from getting hungry. Staying up keeps this leptin level from rising, which leads to late night cravings.
Sleep deprivation can keep your brain from making good decisions, especially late at night. This can lead to unhealthy food or exercise choices that you wouldn’t make if you were well rested.
The genes that regulate all of your body’s rhythms also play an important role in metabolism and energy storage. Because lack of sleep can disrupt these rhythms, the result can be an increase in storing energy as fat and not using it.
On the other hand, “sleeping well can help your body regulate metabolism, regulate food cravings, and make better decisions about what and when to eat,” says Grandner.
So we know how important sleep is, here our some of our best tips to help you improve your sleep:
- Sleep in a pitch black room, eliminate as much natural night as possible, blackout curtains are a must 😉
- Manage caffeine intake, try cutting caffeine after lunch or go decaf.
- Improve your nighttime routine, turn electronics off, read, try lavender oil on your pillows.
- Nutrition is key! A healthy balanced diet will help maintain blood sugar levels.
- Don’t make your bedroom a centre for entertainment. No TV’s, ipads or phones.
Now you know the importance of sleep and how big a role it has with weight loss. Try implementing our tips to improve your sleep and to help with your weight loss journey.
Happy snoozing 😴💤