How More Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

Do you hit the gym regularly and eat right but still not achieving your goal weight? The problem might not be in your diet and fitness. It could be that you are not sleeping enough. And, while it is important to focus on your proteins, greens, and workout, a good and restful sleep has undeniable benefits when your goal is to lose weight. Read these 5 reasons to help you put sleep high up on your fitness priority list.

Sleep helps you keep those cravings in check

Sleep impacts the feeling of hunger and fullness. When you have insufficient sleep, your brain produces the hormone, Ghrelin, which signals your brain when it is time to eat. The less sleep you get, the more Ghrelin your body produces and you crave for more food. On the other hand, getting enough sleep will prevent another hormone, Leptin, from plummeting. Leptin signals your brain that you are full. Getting enough sleep not only makes you feel great, it also helps prevent overeating that leads to weight gain.

It keeps you focused on being healthy

If you’ve ever woken up feeling groggy, grumpy and exhausted, it’s because you did not sleep enough. As a result, you have diminished energy to do the things that keep you healthy. By not getting enough sleep, you might find yourself skipping your workout or eating fast food instead of preparing healthy meals.

Better sleep leads to healthier shopping

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Have you ever been told not to shop while hungry? This is because you tend to buy more unhealthy items when you shop hungry than when you are full. The same goes for shopping while sleep deprived. The journal Obesity has published a study wherein they compared the shopping habits of well-rested and sleep-deprived men. To be independent of hunger as a factor, these men were properly fed prior to the trip to the grocers. The result, sleep deprived men still shopped 1,300 calories more than those with enough rest. Having an unhealthy pantry is one of the obstacles even the most disciplined find when trying to lose weight.

Enough sleep helps you convert fat into energy

If you just started your day yet you’re aching to go back to bed, you are not getting enough rest. The effects of sleep deprivation go beyond feeling exhausted and groggy. It can also lead to what scientists call “metabolic grogginess”. With less sleep, your body is not able to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps you convert sugar, starch, fat and other food into energy that your body can use. The result – instead of processing fat, your body stores it instead.

Avoid midnight snacking by sleeping early

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This sounds pretty obvious but happens often enough to deserve a mention. When you stay up later than you need to, you also consume more calories than what your body needs.

Health tip: Sleep more to lose weight

The amount of sleep that each person requires differ from one person to another.  There is no magic number but a good rule of thumb is to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily. So whether it is putting your phone more than arms reach away from you, avoiding coffee at night, or creating a bedtime ritual, make getting enough sleep a part of your health and fitness regime.