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Less Sleep = More Fat

The busier our lives get and the more we try to squeeze in everything we have to do, we snooze less.  This is one of the worst things we can do to our bodies!  Sleep deprivation impairs our coordination, reflexes, memory, productivity, concentration, can make us depressed, and decrease sex drive.  Aside from the mental impairments lack of sleep can cause, it can also age our skin, weaken the immune system, and cause weight gain!  Think of college students, new parents, and just busy people trying to tackle the world in a 24 hour day. This may be the time when people begin to pack on the weight and the endless cycle begins.

Getting enough sleep is a critical component of weight control.  Lack of sleep can alter two important hormones that can lead to overeating and weight gain- ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is an appetite stimulating hormone.  Leptin is considered a satiety, or “feeling full”, hormone.    Sleep deprivation increases ghrelin and decreases leptin.   When ghrelin levels are up people feel hungry.  Low levels of leptin indicate starvation and increase appetite. These hormones have been called “the yin and yang of hunger.”  One is the accelerator for eating (ghrelin) and the other is the brake (leptin). 

Skipping hours of sleep may also make workouts less enjoyable because it is harder to get through, or the motivation is lost to even begin.  To get the most out of the work that is put into an exercise program rest is needed; as results are accomplished during rest and recovery.

In my opinion, three important things we can all do to improve our lives are clean eating, healthy sleeping, and fun purposeful exercise. Keep your hunger hormones and exercise results in check by getting plenty of rest (7-8 hours a night).  And the cool thing about exercise is it improves your quality of sleep.  So get to bed!! It will help your body restore itself for the demands of tomorrow.

Please let me know any comments or feedback, I am always listening!

The busier our lives get and the more we try to squeeze in everything we have to do, we snooze less.  This is one of the worst things we can do to our bodies!  Sleep deprivation impairs our coordination, reflexes, memory, productivity, concentration, can make us depressed, and decrease sex drive.  Aside from the mental impairments lack of sleep can cause, it can also age our skin, weaken the immune system, and cause weight gain!  Think of college students, new parents, and just busy people trying to tackle the world in a 24 hour day. This may be the time when people begin to pack on the weight and the endless cycle begins.

Getting enough sleep is a critical component of weight control.  Lack of sleep can alter two important hormones that can lead to overeating and weight gain- ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is an appetite stimulating hormone.  Leptin is considered a satiety, or “feeling full”, hormone.    Sleep deprivation increases ghrelin and decreases leptin.   When ghrelin levels are up people feel hungry.  Low levels of leptin indicate starvation and increase appetite. These hormones have been called “the yin and yang of hunger.”  One is the accelerator for eating (ghrelin) and the other is the brake (leptin). 

Skipping hours of sleep may also make workouts less enjoyable because it is harder to get through, or the motivation is lost to even begin.  To get the most out of the work that is put into an exercise program rest is needed; as results are accomplished during rest and recovery.

In my opinion, three important things we can all do to improve our lives are clean eating, healthy sleeping, and fun purposeful exercise. Keep your hunger hormones and exercise results in check by getting plenty of rest (7-8 hours a night).  And the cool thing about exercise is it improves your quality of sleep.  So get to bed!! It will help your body restore itself for the demands of tomorrow.

Please let me know any comments or feedback, I am always listening!


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