The connection between sleep and weight loss is something that has been intuitively understood for a long time, but that doesn’t get talked about often enough. Sleepless nights are a sign of stress – and they’re not good for you. If you’re not sleeping, then you run the risk of becoming run down, tired, and generally ill.
Sleep is vital for tissue repair, and our bodies do a lot of important maintenance during that period too.
Sleep Prevents Midnight Snacking:
Sleep can actually help you lose weight – several reasons. Firstly, when you’re sleeping, you’re not snacking. If you’re the kind of person that tends to get cravings late at night, try an early night instead. You’ll be mentally and physically recharging, and less likely to get a midnight snack.
Secondly, if you’ve had a full eight hours, instead of the six that most people get – your metabolic rate will be a little higher. Even when you’re not moving, your body will burn more calories. The impact from this is small, but it will add up over the course of a week – and it means that you have a little more leeway with your daily calorie allowance.
A lot of people don’t realize that the 2,500 calorie recommendation for men, and 2,000 for women, is a generalization. If you’re shorter than average, or sedentary, then you will burn far fewer calories than that recommendation. Some small women have a TDEE that is closer to 1,500! That isn’t a whole lot of food.
Exercise can increase your TDEE – but every little bit helps, and if you’re sleeping better then you can exercise better too.
Sleep Can Reduce Stress:
Sleep helps to reduce stress – which reduces cortisol production. Cortisol is a hormone which can contribute to the storage of belly fat. So, if you’re reducing your stress levels, you’ll be less likely to be prone to storing fat in that stubborn region of the body. That’s another measurable benefit for people who are concerned about their figure.
Sleep alone won’t cause weight loss – if you eat too much you will end up gaining weight. But, if you eat sensibly and exercise as much as you safely can, then you will be able to lose weight more efficiently. So, don’t feel bad about those early nights – they’re actually vital for taking care of yourself and your overall health and wellbeing.…