Sleep for Weight Loss: Here's how it can help you

Sleeping for a good 6-7 hours is a must when you are trying to lose weight. This is how sleep plays a key role in weight loss, and why you should consider getting a good sleep daily.
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If you are trying to lose weight, then just following a diet and workout routine won't serve any purpose. For proper weight loss, one needs to focus on other factors as well. Other factors like the amount of sleep you get, stress and various other habits also play a key role in weight loss. The number of hours we sleep is equivalent to the diet we follow and the exercise we do. 


Unfortunately, many people aren't getting enough sleep. Almost 30-40% of adults are not sleeping for more than five hours daily. Lack of sleep causes irritation, encourages mood swings and affects our digestive system in many ways. And some research states that sleep may be the missing factor for many people who are struggling to lose weight.


Here are the reasons why getting enough sleep may help you lose weight.


Lack of sleep can increase your appetite:

Sleep-deprived People tend to eat more than others. It happens because sleep impacts two important hunger hormones - ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin signals hunger in the brain. Leptin released from fat cells suppresses hunger and signals fullness in the brain. So, when you don't get enough sleep, the body make more ghrelin and less leptin, leaving you hungry and increasing your appetite. Besides, cortisol- a stress hormone in our body is higher when we don't get enough sleep, which then also causes the appetite to increase. 

Poor sleep increases your calorie intake:

People who sleep less tend to consume more calories. This increase in calories is due to increased appetite and poor food choices that we make to curb the hunger pangs. Some studies also suggest that extra calories are consumed as snacks post-dinner. Since we don't sleep on time, we are wide awake till late, which encourages us to munch on some snacks while we watch TV, read some books, or work on something. 

Lack of sleep affects metabolism:

Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the number of calories you burn while you sleep. It's affected by age, weight, height, sex and muscle mass. But research also states that sleep deprivation lowers RMR. 

Poor sleep causes cells to become insulin resistant:

Insulin is a hormone that passes the sugar from the bloodstream into your body's cells to be used as energy. When cells in the body becomes insulin resistant, more sugar remains in the bloodstream and the body produces more insulin to compensate. The excess insulin makes you hungrier and tells the body to store more calories as fat. And all this happens because poor sleep can cause cells to become insulin resistant. 

Lack of sleep is a major factor for obesity:

Lack of sleep has time and again been linked to a higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain. People who sleep less than 7 hours gain more weight than others. In order to achieve that weight, sleep on time and let your body get at least 7 hours of rest. Tag your sleep deprived friend in the comments section below. 

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