Can More Zzz's Help Us Lose lbs?
Like we need another excuse to sleep in... But in today's world, we are all overworked, run ragged and last on our own priority list. Times need to change and if nothing else, don't jeopardize your sleep! Here's why:
The connection between sleep and weight management
There’s a hormonal imbalance associated with sleep deprivation. Inadequate sleep impacts ghrelin and leptin, two hormones that regulate hunger and fullness. Ghrelin tells your brain "I'm hungry, it's time to eat", and the less you sleep, the more of this hormone your body tends to make.
Leptin, on the other hand, signals to your brain that you’re full. Sleep deprivation actually causes less production of leptin. There’s also a third hormone, cortisol, that may be involved as well. Cortisol is a stress hormone that signals the body to conserve energy (store fat), and it spikes when we don’t get enough sleep.
3 Tips to improve sleeping habits:
1. Reduce screen time.
More screen time = brain stimulation which makes it hard for the body to wind down in preparation for sleep.
2. Move more.
Whether you like to run, take an exercise class or simply track your steps and walk more, physical activity is positively linked to adequate sleep - so get moving!
3. Reduce caffeine and alcohol.
Caffeine is a stimulant and therefore can make it difficult for us to unwind and fall asleep and although alcohol may make us feel sleepy, our actual sleep is not restful.
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