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How Sleep Affects Weight Loss

Updated: May 24, 2021

According to WebMD: When we are sleep deprived or short on sleep it can affect your weight. While you aren't sleeping, your body cooks up a perfect recipe for weight gain.




The Perfect Weight Gaining Recipe


When you do not get enough sleep, you day starts off in the negative. Waking up exhausted you can hardly think, much less function. You might be too tired to exercise, and be tempted to skip your exercise routine.


Next thing you know, one bad choice or decision leads to another, leading you on a downward spiral. You might even want to grab a quick bite while on the run due to the fact you didn't have time or plan to prepare a healthy meal. Or you just need a sugar rush because you are low on energy.


These meals are usually packed with calories, sodium, unhealthy fats and carbohydrates.


This unhealthy trend can soon become a weight gain disaster.


Sleep and Your Metabolism


According to WebMD, some experts agree that getting enough sleep is as important to health, well-being, and your weight as are diet and exercise. It is said that most people need 7 to 9 hours sleep each night.


Some folks are able to function on less hours sleep. Whatever is the case for you, to get less sleep than what your body needs can affect your metabolism, your daily energy and function.



Plan For Better Sleep


Sleep can seem like a luxury especially because we live in a fast-paced, high-tech world. Smartphone lights, computers in our bedrooms, or laptops on our laps while in bed.


We have to take control of our lives and put technology in its place!


After all, our health and wellness are some of our most valuable assets. If we allow weight gain to ruin our health, all the things we are working so diligently for will be canceled out if we lose our health.



TIPS TO GET MORE SLEEP

  1. Know how much sleep you need to feel rested and refreshed

  2. Make a schedule for the time that you need to head to bed

  3. Set an alarm reminder for your bedtime and listen to your alarm

  4. Stick to your schedule - life happens and things come up but be disciplined

  5. Start winding down by listening to some relaxing music (or do whatever relaxes you)

  6. Turn off or minimize your lights and sleep in darkness. This will


Sleep And Weight Gain


Getting sufficient sleep will help your body properly function. With the right amount of sleep, your metabolism won't be hampered and therefore, won't contribute to excessive weight gain.



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