Sleep Deprivation Linked to Weight Gain

how-well-do-you-sleep-at-nightHow much sleep do you get a night? Are you waking up feeling fully recharged or still feeling like you need more sleep? Do you wake up naturally, or do you tend to wake up by an alarm, feeling tired in the morning?

Did you know that a good night’s sleep is essential to any healthy lifestyle including maintaining a healthy weight?

Perhaps you’ve been eating healthier for some time now with weight loss goals in mind and you’re starting to plateau. Here’s another factor to consider: a good night’s sleep. Research is suggesting that those who sleep less than 7 hours per night are more likely to be obese.(1) Parallel to the obesity epidemic that we are currently seeing in our culture is a reduction of sleep time. In 2005, only 26 percent of the American population was getting 8 hours of sleep a night.(2)

Do you come home from work late at night, after a long day, feeling tired? Does this trigger late night snaking and overeating for you? I noticed this to be the case for me, when I’m feeling tired, I tend to eat more, so I looked into it.

As it turns out, sleep deprivation may shift the balance of key hormones that control appetite, making sleep deprived people hungrier than people who get enough sleep.(3) It also turns out that sleep deprivation can trigger you to eat high-carbohydrate and high-calorie foods.(4) So what’s your sleep worth to you?

Does this mean we should sleep all day? Most definitely not! Another study provides evidence that both short and long sleeping times predict an increased risk of future body weight and fat gain in adults.(5)

If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, it begs the question, what are your priorities? On a scale of one to ten, how well do you sleep at night? How many hours on average do you sleep a night? Who wants to walk around feeling tired all day? This puts extra stress on the body, and that’s not good for anyone. It also prevents you from truly thriving and feeling alive! Don’t sabotage your weight loss goals and healthy eating with lack of sleep. Take the time you need in your life to feel better than good – to feel great. To feel like you’re alive and well and truly thriving. Check out these top 7 natural ways to improve quality of sleep and increase energy levels.

This wonderful photo was taken by: Ditte Isager
Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii,
Laura Dawn


(1) http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/164/10/947.full
(2) http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/164/10/947.full
(3) Savour, Mindful Eating Mindful Life Dr. Cheung, Hanh, p. 25
(4) http://annals.ba0.biz/content/141/11/846.full.pdf+html
(5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2279744/

 

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