Americans are so silly. We cram our schedules, and our kids’ schedules, full of activities, and scurry around from place to place all day exhausting ourselves. Then once we’re home, we take time to unwind, and next thing we know it’s midnight and we’re still awake, and we have to be up at 6:00 tomorrow morning to get everything going for the nest day! That makes MAYBE 5 hours of sleep. Maybe.
So, ok, why is sleep so important? Well, we all know that while were sleeping our body is working to repair and heal and recover for the next day. It’s a time when your body doesn’t have to think about digesting or anything else to keep it busy (unless you had a giant snack/meal before bed and your body is trying to figure out what to do with it, so it just sits around (like when you turn off the dishwasher in the middle of the cycle)). Your body NEEEDS this time to recuperate.
Sleep debt is like any other kind of debt, it builds up. Your body will continue to “pay” with high interest rates until you catch up! And if you don’t, your account, your body, YOU, will shut down! Who wants that? And if your body’s playing catch up just to be able to function normally, how can if be thinking about good, healthy weight loss? Plus, we all know that when we’re sleepy we’re so much more tempted to reach for those caffeinated drinks and bad, fatty, snacks foods that make us “feel better.”
But here’s something I didn’t really know about how sleep effects weight loss: Hormones! The body restores hormones at night, and the two that have to do with weight loss are ghrelin and leptin. Grehlin is the hormone that tells you when to eat. When you’re sleep deprived you have more Grehlin– so more eating! Leptin does the opposite: tells you when to stop eating, and you have less of that when you’re not getting enough sleep. So, more of the hormone telling you TO eat, and less of the hormone telling you to STOP eating… Could be a weight-gain culprit that you didn’t even suspect! Plus, your metabolism is slower when you’re sleep deprived. Just badness all around.
So, the good news is that, in theory, this should be a pretty easy one to fix! People usually need about 7.5 hours of sleep to strike a healthy balance. That’s 10:00 pm-5:30 am, 11:00 pm-6:30 am… You get the picture.
Make sleep a priority! And while you’re making some good, healthy changes, why don’t you shoot us an email for a chance at a free strategy session with Monica? firstname.lastname@example.org Talk to you soon!