Sleeping and Weight Loss
Weight Loss

Sleeping and Weight Loss

Anyone who is attempting to lose weight, whether it is just a few pounds or a fairly large amount of weight, will watch what they eat and begin an exercise program.

These are vital elements that contribute to the success of any weight loss program. However, without a good night’s sleep, they may not be enough.

Lack of sleep triggers a change in appetite-regulating hormones like blood pressure, cholesterol levels and glucose. When these levels are affected by a lack of sleep, the body starts to yearn for foods that are high in calories and fat.

Two other factors that influence appetite are the hormones leptin, which tells the brain when a person is full, and ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. The production of both can be positively or negatively impacted by the amount and quality of sleep one gets. When the leptin levels are low, it is hard to feel totally satisfied by food. On the other, when ghrelin levels rise from lack of sleep, the appetite is triggered.

To keep all of the appetite-regulating hormones at the desired levels, those individuals who want to lose weight should strive to get at least an extra 60 to 90 minutes of sleep each night. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. This will help to regularize your sleeping patterns.

Of course, sleep alone will not make a person slim and trim. However, it will have a major impact on the final results.

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Sleeping and Weight Loss
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