If you are not getting 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night you are negatively affecting your metabolism and your health.
Sleeping 5 or 6 hours each night or waking up throughout the night hinders your bodies’ ability to recover from exercise, burn fat, and balance hormones. It also increases your risk of disease.
Sleep deprivation has been associated with decreased levels of leptin and increased levels of ghrelin. This is a recipe for disaster during the day when we want to regulate hormones and appetite.
Decreased levels of leptin signal the brain that we are in a famine and we need to go find food, likely causing us to overeat before our brain finally signals the body that we are “full.” On top of that, higher levels of ghrelin increase our appetite, thus making us want to eat even more. Talk about a double whammy!
On nights when you can get 8-9 hours of sleep:
- You wake up lighter (seriously, I’ve tested this on the scale)
- You feel much more rested and ready to take on the day
- You have better (more metabolic) workouts
- You make better food choices.
Food cravings could actually be your body “craving” rest, and your “need” for high carbohydrate-rich foods could be your body trying to compensate for not getting enough rest.
This is just as much of a problem as “nutrition” when seeking fat loss! Don’t be surprised!
Listen to your body, and give it the amount of sleep it needs.
To your success,