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Did you know sleep is an important factor in reducing weight? Read on to know more

By Geetika Raleh . 31st August 2019 11:00am
Did you know sleep is an important factor in reducing weight? Read on to know more

Are you in the process of shedding some kilos? Then we would suggest that just eating clean and working out won’t help much. For the weight loss strategy, you need to focus on various other factors too. These other factors are sleep, stress, and anxiety which play an essential role in the journey of weight loss. Sleep being an important factor is very important because sleep equals the diet we follow and the exercise that we do.

But regrettably, not many people can afford a sound and a good night’s sleep. About 30% to 40% of adults sleep only five hours a day, and this lack of sleep causes irritation boosts the mood swings and also affects the digestive system in various ways.

And there are also many researchers which have stated that the sleep is that important but lacking factor for the people who struggle to lose weight.

Here enlisted below are some points which explain how sleep plays an important role in shedding those extra kilos.

Lack of sleep increases the craving to eat4


People who are sleep deprives tend to eat more than other people. This happens because sleep has a direct impact on the hunger hormones, which are ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin sends the craving to eat to the brain, and leptin which is released from the fat cells represses the hunger and signals the feeling of being full in the brain. When the body does not get enough sleep, it starts producing more ghrelin and less leptin, resulting in making the person hungry and increasing the appetite. Moreover, there is a stress hormone in the body named cortisol which increases when the body does not get enough sleep eventually resulting in the person feeling hungry.

Increased calorie intake


People tend to consume more calories when they sleep less. The increase in the calories is because of increased pangs of hunger and bad food decisions that we make to curb the hunger. Various studies have also examined that excess calories are consumed as snacks after dinner. Not sleeping on time and staying wide awake till late light encourages us for muching on something while watching TV, reading books or even while working.

Impact on the process of metabolism


The Resting Metabolic rate, (RTR), is the number of calories which are burnt while the person is sleeping. This rate is affected by the factors of age, sex and the mass of muscles. But the research also states that lack of sleep reduces the RMR.

Cells become resistant to insulin


The hormone which passes the sugar from the stream of blood in the cells of the body which is used as energy is insulin. When the cells become resistant to insulin, the sugar remains in the bloodstream only and for compensating this situation, the body starts producing more insulin. This extra insulin makes the person hungrier and indicates the human body to store calories as fat. All of this happens poor sleep causes the cells to become opposed to the insulin.

A major cause for obesity is lack of sleep


Less sleep has many times been linked to high body mass index (BMI). The people who sleep less than 7 hours are bound to gain more weight. So in order to get the desired health and fitness goals, sleep on time and make the body rest for at least 7 hours daily.

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