Sleep is Essential for Weight Loss 08/17/10

Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day?

Society says we should spend time with our children, make sure our spouses needs are met, put in 110% on our jobs, brush and floss twice a day, read our bibles, exercise for an hour, and be well read.

On top of all that we are suppose to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.  Impossible!!! Well, while it does seem like a lot if you are truly trying to lose weight cheating on your sleep is NOT the way to go.

Research shows that adequate sleep is required for weight loss and individuals that do not get enough rest are sabotaging their weight loss efforts in a variety of ways.

Hormonal Imbalance and Sleep

There are two hormones in the brain that help regulate hunger and our feeling of fullness after we eat.

Ghrelin is a hormone that is responsible for feelings of hunger and this hormone increases when we are sleep deprived.  Therefore, if you are not getting enough rest you will feel hungry more often and consume more calories

Another hormone, Leptin tells the brain when you’re a full, basically it lets our body know that we have had enough. Sleep deprivation causes Leptin levels to decrease; therefore, our bodies won’t know that we are full and we most likely will over eat.

Inadequate Workouts and Sleep

Lack of sleep will lead to fatigue the next day.  This fatigue will result in missed work outs, and if you do work out you may not push yourself as hard as you could had you had an adequate nights sleep.

High Calorie Snacks and Sleep

In addition to in adequate workouts the fatigue from lack of sleep often times leads individuals consuming high calorie snacks that are packed with sugar, carbohydrates and salt in order to get through the day.  Needless to say these snacks and energy drinks are detrimental to one’s weight loss goals.

So what can you do to make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep?

  • Set a bedtime
    • Many people don’t have a bedtime and just get in the bed when everything is completed
    • Setting a bedtime will force you to plan and get ready for bed
  • Refrain from watching television or doing work in the bed
  • Refrain from drinking a lot of liquids 1 hour prior to bedtime
    • This will decrease the number of times you have to get up during the night to use the restroom
  • Evaluate your hormone status
    • Low levels of progesterone can lead to insomnia

One Wellness Place Sleep Pack 

  • Phosphatidyl Serine
    • Phospholipid that is found in membranes of all our cells
    • Helps balance stress and promotes a restful sleep without a groggy feeling in the morning
    • By normalizing cortisol levels phosphatidyle Serine may also help REMOVE BELLY FAT
  • L – Theanine
    • An amino acid that is found in green tea
    • Helps promotes calm and relaxation

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