Want to lose a few pounds in preparation for the upcoming summer aka bathing suit season? Get some quality sleep.
Poor sleep has been shown to increase weight gain!
When you forego the necessary hours of sleep, your hormones get out of whack. As such, your body’s signal that your satiated may be turned OFF, or for that matter, the signal that you’re starved may be turned ON (this has to do with the release of leptin and ghrelin). Which leads to eating and often indulging in ways a well-rested person wouldn’t.
Some studies have shown that sleep deprivation leads to increased calorie consumption.
WebMD cites, “A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks. In another study done at the University of Chicago, sleep-deprived participants chose snacks with twice as much fat as those who slept at least 8 hours.
A second study found that sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of all foods, increasing weight gain. And in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods.”
If that’s not enough to make you prioritize getting a regular snooze routine consider this: When you’re tired, you are more prone to make poor choices, like eat that greasy burger, skip a workout or make a poor life decision. (That’s why it’s often a good idea to sleep on things before making a big decision).
You don’t want to go the other way, though, and sleep too much. According to the Mayo Clinic, sleeping less than five hours — or more than nine hours — a night appears to increase the likelihood of weight gain.
In addition, better sleep helps lower cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, which results in improved stress and anxiety management.
The bottom line: a good night’s sleep is good for your brain, improves hormone function, encourages better decision making, and thus will improve your waistline.
We will dig into this more deeply during our Montauk Sleepscape Yoga/Meditation Retreat, May 3-6. If interested, reach out to me as I’m about to announce a special offer for Tuesdays with MOJO readers.
Now go to bed at a decent hour tonight and enjoy some yummy sleep!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker
Montauk Sleepscape Retreat, May 3-6 – Ocean air, beachfront accommodations, yoga, meditation, great food, sunset boat cruise, techniques for getting quality sleep, and 1:1 health coaching.