Is There A Connection Between Weight Gain And Lack Of Sleep?
We live in a very fast paced world. We want things done fast and efficiently. Due to our society’s demand for speed, efficiency and fast results, jobs these days are a lot more demanding than they were in the past.
We work longer hours and have less time for leisure. We are constantly stressed out and harried at work. Dissatisfaction at the workplace is the number one reason people are stressed.
In order to keep up with hectic schedules, one of the first things to get sacrificed is sleep. This seems to be the easiest way to get more done. It’s easier to sleep less than increase productivity. It’s easier to consume energy drinks and stay awake than to tell the boss the workload is ridiculous.
What most of us fail to realise is that being constantly deprived of sleep will take a toll on our health in the long run. In this article, we’ll look at how it affects our weight and fat loss.
Research has shown that people with a poor sleep pattern eat more, feel hungrier and generally consume more calories than they require. Those who stay awake late often find themselves consuming snacks and heavy meals.
Our body’s insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance levels will drop. This is bad as our body will go into fat storage mode instead of being in fat burning mode. When our insulin sensitivity is down we will store fat much more easily. The same applies for glucose tolerance.
Lack of sleep also increases the body’s stress hormone, Cortisol. Once again the body’s fat burning ability decreases or in a worst case scenario, just completely stops. If we’re eating on a caloric deficit and training daily, our body is already stressed out. It needs sleep to rest and repair itself.
All the best attempts at losing fat will be hampered if we don’t get enough sleep at night. Power naps during the day will not suffice, although they have their own benefits. We need to sleep for at least 7 hours at night. Most people claim to get by on less. They may but at a price to their health in the long run.
Start to implement a bedtime routine. Do not watch TV late at night; rather go to bed with a good book. Keep the bedroom for sleep only and stop watching TV, using Laptops or game consoles in the bedroom. Get to bed earlier, rise earlier in the morning and you will find that you are more productive all day.
Get enough sleep and you will find it easier to shed fat. The power of a good night’s sleep should never be underestimated.
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