I've blogged about the relationship between sleep and weight maintenance numerous times before. In brief: the more high-quality sleep you get, the easier it is to lose unwanted weight and keep that weight off. Restful sleep keeps your metabolism in check through a variety of biological pathways that can run amok when you don't get your ZZZs.
But here's more recent data to keep in mind (in case you still don't believe that sleep can be so gut-friendly):
So how does sleep deprivation lead to thicker waistlines? Ethnicity aside, three things will happen to the human body when it doesn't get its needed sleep:
And all of that spells weight gain -- regardless of your genetic origins or which diet you choose to follow.
So many people focus on diet and exercise when they want to shed unwanted pounds. They turn to crazy programs, seek foods to amp up their metabolism and bat down cravings, pick up unrealistic exercise regimens, and generally white-knuckle themselves into a fleeting lifestyle of deprivations, restrictions, and boot camp.
But what if your solution were just a good night's sleep away? What if you could take control of your waistline just by logging a few more minutes (and for some, hours) of restful sleep a night? Something to think about. Try the following:
Lose weight in your sleep? Maybe not. Lose weight because you got your sleep? Now there just might be something to that!
Michael J. Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor™
This article on sleep and weight is also available at Dr. Breus's official blog, The Insomnia Blog: by Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, PhD.
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