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Secrets to Losing Weight: Sleep More and Lose Weight!

by on March 5th, 2009
Secrets to Losing Weight: Sleep More and Lose Weight!

You might be thinking, “Did I read that right? Will I really be able to lose weight by increasing my sleeping hours?” Surprisingly, yes. According to recent studies, sleep deprivation might be just another factor that contributes to the problem of excessive weight. So instead of going through all those diet fads and taking various weight loss pills, it turns out that all you really need to do is go back to bed and sleep some more!

Research shows that by getting adequate and good quality sleep, the body is able to digest food more efficiently, thus resulting in faster weight loss.

How Does Sleeping Help with Weight Loss?

For a lot of people who have weight problems, every waking moment presents some kind of temptation to eat. When you sleep more, not only will your body be well-rested, but you can completely eliminate this temptation as well.

Sleep deprivation is a serious health concern because it can cause the deterioration of your reasoning abilities. Therefore, when faced with the temptation to it, it can be hard to resist if your body is severely lacking in proper sleep.

Another positive effect of adequate sleep is that you will have higher energy levels. This will give you more motivation to get up and start exercising and eventually lose weight. On the contrary, if you don’t get enough rest, you won’t have enough energy even for a light workout routine.

Sleep can also help regulate your body’s cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the body which can make you feel hungry even when you’re really not. By sleeping more, your cortisol levels will be regulated and your cravings will be greatly reduced.

Similarly, sleep can also help keep your levels of leptin and ghrelin in check. These chemicals control the feeling of hunger in your body – leptin makes you feel hungry while ghrelin makes you feel full. Without adequate sleep, the amount of ghrelin in your body drops considerably, while leptin production is increased, leading to the all too common problem of overeating.

Carbohydrate metabolism is also greatly affected by the amount of sleep that you get. The more sleep you get, the more carbohydrates are burned. On the contrary, if you stay up most of the time, your body won’t have the chance to burn all the calories that you consume and they will end up as fat stored in your body. These stored fats will not only make you gain a lot of weight, but they pose serious health threats as well, including the onset of type II diabetes.

Sleep and Growth

As a child, you must have heard your mother saying that you won’t grow tall if you don’t sleep enough. There’s actually a scientific explanation behind this, because the production of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) mostly takes place while sleeping. In this process, the fats are burned and muscles are developed. Even as adults, the fat-burning properties of HGH still take effect, making you lose more weight as you sleep.

With all these benefits to weight loss, you really have to consider rearranging your schedule so that you can get more sleep at night. Furthermore, if you add a little bit of exercise and a balanced diet, you can lose weight even more quickly.

Once you start sleeping longer hours, you will not only lose weight, but you will also have an improved overall wellbeing as well as look better in the process.

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