Is Your Lack Of Sleep Wreaking Havoc With Your Health?

health and wellness Jan 05, 2017

A critical, yet lesser known component to weight control is sleep deprivation; is your lack of sleep wreaking havoc with your health?

While nearly everyone knows that to trim down and lose weight they should decrease food intake and increase exercise, they don't recognize that sleep is Miracle–Gro for the brain.

The average person requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night; for many not getting enough sleep is a routine experience.

There is compelling scientific evidence that insufficient sleep promotes hunger and appetite, which can cause overeating resulting in weight gain.

The mere act of sleeping doesn’t mean you will lose weight. If you are not getting enough sleep or a good quality of sleep your metabolism will suffer the consequences by not running efficiently.

Your ability to lose weight has a lot to do two key hormones, leptin and ghrelin. Not getting enough hours of quality sleep will cause leptin levels to plunge and ghrelin levels to rise. Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain that your stomach is full and to stop eating. Ghrelin is the hormone that stimulates your appetite making it more difficult to resist eating. Therefore, less leptin and more ghrelin add up to weight gain.

Then there is the spike in cortisol; a hormone which is released when you are under stress and is responsible for regulating your appetite.

The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a loss of sleep can make you feel hungrier as the production of cortisol increases causing you to overeat and store excess body fat. Furthermore, sleep loss can influence and disturb the body's metabolism, which will hamper your ability to lose weight.

It's important to make sure that you get the rest your body needs. When your body is fully rested and you are getting the deep sleep you require, your hormones will work together and support your overall health and fitness goals.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582

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