Did you know that sleeping is as important to your health as diet and exercise?
Can sleep really help me lose weight? Actually, it can, but maybe not in the way you think. People who are sleep deprived tend to make poor choices when it comes to diet and exercise. Ever been a little groggy during the day and opted for that extra cup of coffee or maybe some sugary snacks for a quick pick-me up? How about the “I’m too tired to go to the gym” excuse? What about cooking dinner? How many times have we relied on the drive thru just because we didn’t have the energy to cook one more meal? In addition to poor choices we make when we don’t get enough sleep, our metabolism is not functioning at it’s best when we are sleep deprived. Studies have found that people who get enough sleep not only have lower percentages of body fat, they feel more satisfied and snack less throughout the day!! According to Dr. Breus, our lack of sleep plays a major role in the production of two hormones ghrelin and leptin. “Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin,” Breus says. “Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin.” As a result, “[y]ou are eating more, plus your metabolism is slower when you are sleep-deprived,” this results in weight gain.
Sleep depravation impairs higher levels of reasoning, problem solving and attention to detail. In fact, there have even
been studies comparing driving while sleep deprived to driving under the influence?!?! Getting enough sleep can help you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and focus better. It can also help us not be as short tempered with our kids!! Overall, getting enough sleep can:
So how do we get the quantity and quality sleep we need? Here are a few tips on developing a healthy sleep routine.
More detail and explanations on these tips can be found at http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm
As we can see, getting our zzzz’s can have a great impact on our ability to lead and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let’s start counting some burpees, err, I mean sheep!!