Relax. Put down the phone. Tune out the noise and nonsense. Let go of the stress. Everything is going to be fine. You just need to get some sleep. Good sleep. Deep sleep. It’s time to recharge like a battery. Your brain powers down and your immune system gears up. Nighttime is important for your health, your mood, your weight management, and your beauty. (It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason.)
Weight Loss and Sleep
This might be the easiest weight loss tip you’ve ever heard – “get more sleep.” Sure, an intense workout regimen or rigorous diet restrictions will help you drop pounds. But every night, you’re either assisting or fighting your body’s natural weight loss process. So, relax. Get to bed early and let your body do its thing. In one two-week study, a group that got three hours less sleep a night lost 55% less fat than the group that slept longer. Why? It’s mostly about four hormones – leptin, gherlin, cortisol, and insulin.
Leptin and Gherlin
Did you ever notice that when you’re tired, you make poor eating choices? There are two primary culprits – the hormones leptin and gherlin. Your body produces leptin while you sleep. The more leptin you have, the less hungry you feel the next day. Gherlin is the opposite. Your body regulates gherlin while you sleep. The less gherlin, the less hungry you feel.
Cortisol and Insulin
You’ve probably heard about your “fight or flight” response. The hormone that triggers this response is called cortisol. The more cortisol you have in your body, the more your body experiences stress, and the more it stores fat. Surprise, surprise (not really) … a good night’s sleep is essential to keeping cortisol levels in check. This also has a variety of other important health benefits. Insulin helps to keep your blood sugar balanced. A good night’s sleep supports healthy insulin levels, which in turn, keeps your blood sugar in balance so you make good eating choices and lose weight.
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This article is intended for educational and informative purposes only, and is not intended to serve as medical or professional advice. Consult your qualified healthcare provider prior to taking any supplements.