Most of us when we think about building a better body concentrate mostly on exercise and diet. We think little of what other underlying factors contribute to our success. And there are many factors that do. Amount and quality of sleep being one of them. Will better sleep help you avoid extra pounds? The answer is YES!
Let’s take a moment and think about this. You have a bad night of rest. You feel tired at work. You are struggling to make it through your day. It’s scenarios like this that may tempt you to have several cups of coffee with sugar or reach for that doughnut just to give you that shot of energy to keep you going. Maybe you are so tired that you decide to skip your workout, sure you won’t get through it. And still yet, maybe even too tired to take the time to cook a healthy meal. It becomes a vicious cycle. Eventually, it will sabotage your waistline and your overall health. Makes sense, right? So you may fight sleepiness off with that sugary treat but in the long run it ends up in unwanted pounds. The poor decisions you make while sleep-deprived can be detrimental.
Ok, so we have established sleep=good! Now let’s look a litter deeper into the connection, a biological connection. Lack of sleep will affect our hormone levels. I’m going to get a little technical here. There are two hormones that play a key role, ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat. When you are sleep deprived you have more ghrelin. Leptin, on the other hand tells you when to stop eating. When you have a lack of sleep you have less leptin. Essentially more ghrelin and less leptin equal weight gain. Your metabolism is slower when you are sleep deprived yet you are eating more. Getting your recommended 7 ½ hours’ sleep will balance out these hormones.
So now a few simple tips to get that much needed rest.
- Avoid Caffeine in the afternoon
- Exercise everyday
- Eat a smaller meal before bed time
- Develop a routine where you go to bed roughly the same time every night
Jill Smith BA, CFT 803-477-1371 cell 937-748-9905 office firstname.lastname@example.org