Did you know that being sleep deprived may be preventing you from successfully completing your weight loss goals? Yes! It is true, sleep is very important for your body in order to healthfully obtain your weight loss goals. Your brain and body need adequate rest to stay healthy, and so your brain can function properly, helping you make better decisions. According to webmd.com, experts say, “It dulls activity in the brain’s frontal lobe, the focus of decision-making and impulse control.” In other words, sleep helps prevent your brain from making impulsive decisions that may lead to poor diet choices for your body. Webmd.com also says, “Research tells the story. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks.” Furthermore, not only does a sleepy brain act impulsively, but also it is more prone to eat junk food. Not good! Sleep is like nutrition for the brain. Most people need between 7 and 9 hours each night in order to remain healthy and on track towards their fitness goals.
A sleepy brains also causes a hormone imbalance in our bodies. Webmd.com says, “Insufficient sleep impacts your hunger and fullness hormones, including two called ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin signals your brain that it’s time to eat. When you’re sleep-deprived, your body makes more ghrelin. Leptin, on the other hand, cues your brain to put the fork down. When you’re not getting enough sleep, leptin levels plummet, signaling your brain to eat more food.” Furthermore, the lack of sleep is not only affecting your brain function but your hormone functions as well. Just another reason to want to put sleep high on your list of priorities.
Another research that the webmd.com found, “Sleep deprivation makes you “metabolically groggy,” University of Chicago researchers say. Within just 4 days of insufficient ZZZs, your body’s ability to process insulin, a hormone needed to change sugar, starches, and other food into energy, goes awry. Insulin sensitivity, the researchers found, dropped by more than 30%.”
In conclusion, it is time to prioritize sleep as highly important. Turn off your lights early, and get to bed early. Make sure your body is getting enough physical exercise too, as researchers have also found exercise helps your body fall to sleep easier. On top of getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, make exercise part of your routine as well. If you are unsure of what exercises are best for you, contact your local NASM certified personal trainer today. Brittney Carter 208-380-4799, or e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call today for a free consultation!