Is there a connection between sleep and weight loss? The answer is certainly yes. POOR SLEEP can sabotage your WEIGHT LOSS plan. When it comes to losing weight, most people generally focus on diet and exercise and of course they are both very important; but good sleep is often overlooked and yet one of the more important factors in losing weight. Here's why:
How does sleep affect weight gain and weight loss?
Researchers know that hormones called leptin and ghrelin play a key role in weight gain and weight loss. The two hormones modulate appetite in a kind of “checks and balances” system. Leptin tells the brain when your stomach is full and ghrelin tells the brain when you are hungry. When you are sleep deprived, your body makes more ghrelin hormone than leptin hormone, causing your appetite to increase, especially increasing your cravings for carbohydrates. Maintain a good sleep schedule to keep your leptin and ghrelin hormones in balance and your appetite regular.
2. Energy Boost
When a person is sleep deprived which inevitably leads to an increase in levels of ghrelin, they crave simple carbohydrates and sugar for a quick energy boost. We all know the feeling of being fatigued and craving unhealthy junk food like candy, fast-food or pizza. Beware: These unnecessary calories may sneak up on you and lead to weight gain and also affect your insulin levels.
3. Dream Sleep:
REM, also known as "dream sleep" is one of the primary indicators of good quality sleep, as it is the sleep state in which the brain is most active and one which good memory and creativity is associated. Although, most likely a small factor, this active state burns more calories than other stages of sleep, using glucose to fuel brain activity. The more REM sleep you get, the more calories you burn and the easier it will be to lose weight as you sleep.
How much sleep does an adult need?
About 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is ideal, but many adults struggle to even get 5 quality hours. As you can see, the quantity and quality of a person's sleep effects brain function, compromises the immune system, alters stress and appetite hormones, and hinders weight loss! It may even lead to unnecessary weight gain!
Which pillows and mattresses can help you achieve better sleep?
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