Will more sleep make me slimmer?


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On my very first TV appearance, stated that the answer to how I did it was simple, eat less and do more. But is it really that simple?

Some sources say not. What else is it then?

Sleep. I have already written about the importance of sleep recently. How does it fit into weight loss though?

more recently, research has shown that there might be a link between hormones, sleep patterns and weight loss / gain.

The role of hormones

Leptin and ghrelin work in a kind of “checks and balances” system to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin, which I have written about before, and which is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, stimulates appetite, while leptin, produced in fat cells, sends a signal to the brain when you are full.

So what’s the connection to sleep? “When you don’t get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food,” Breus tells WebMD.

The two combined, he says, can set the stage for overeating, which in turn may lead to weight gain.

Logical thinking

Think about it. for a moment on a lateral level. When you are asleep your body is in fast mode. The circadian rhythm kicks in and everything goes into rest mode, till the next morning. If you sleep less, the metabolism is kicked in earlier, therefore your eating habits are also much Robert likely to kick in too.

So, now there are at least two good reasons why you should have that lie in if you feel like your body needs it!

One Comment on “Will more sleep make me slimmer?

  1. I am 100% sure that not getting enough sleep affects weight loss and hunger levels. at the beginning of this year I listened to a lot of advise and decided that getting enough sleep was going to be a big goal for the year (I work far from home and get around 6 hours of sleep per night but often less). At that point I’d been on a weight loss plateau for over 2 years (what I also call “maintenance” ) but a combination of more sleep, less computer time before bed, magnesium citrate and … eliminating grains from my diet broke through the plateau. I’m not saying that everyone should try that exact combination (I’ve added back rice and corn but look for gluten-free products or skip bread and pasta), but the sleep thing is MASSIVELY important.

    I still don’t get enough, but continue to work on it.

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