Better sleep for better weight loss

More than a third of Americans aged 18-60 aren’t getting enough sleep, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep for ideal health and wellness. One of the many benefits of getting a quality night’s sleep is its impact on weight loss.

Getting a full night of sleep is one of the most under-appreciated factors contributing to healthy weight maintenance.
— Matthew Walker, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley

Curb your cravings with sleep. The amount of sleep you get in a night can have a major impact on your cravings, and therefore your diet decisions, the next day. People who are sleep-deprived have a lowered ability to make rational decisions and gravitate toward higher calorie junk food. On the other hand, people who receive enough sleep tend to prefer healthier options!

Take control of your hunger inducing hormones. Quality and length of sleep have a major impact on hormone levels as well. Without a good night’s sleep, hormone levels gets all out of whack. The hormone that makes you feel full (leptin) drops and ghrelin (which makes you feel hungry) goes up when you don’t get enough sleep.

Commit to your goals and set yourself up for success. A solid night’s sleep helps give you the motivation and drive needed to accomplish your goals. People who don’t get enough sleep tend to not get enough exercise. With sufficient sleep at night, you can focus during the day and make decisions to better your health and wellness.

It seems to go against our current culture of “work more, sleep less,” but you’re really missing out on optimal health benefits if you don’t give yourself a full night’s sleep. And do you really need an excuse to sleep? Most people burn 50-100 calories per hour while they sleep, so get to work... and by work, we mean sleep!