There is no doubt in my mind that sleep and weight loss go hand in hand.
That’s because I’ve experienced it myself.
And, more importantly, studies have shown that there is a correlation between sleep and obesity.
Sleep and weight loss
I was in my early 30’s, my mom was in her 60’s, and she typically gets only 3 to 4 hours of sleep some nights.
I used to sleep only 4 hours every night. Since I was getting older, I thought my lack of sleep was just a natural progression.
But, my mother was already in her 60’s, and I am only in my 30’s. What the heck is going on here?
This is just my theory; I think my sleep deprivation came from heavy gaming. My face was in front of the monitor from 10 PM to the break of dawn.
And throughout the years, I’ve put on a couple of pounds. I hit my highest at 165 pounds.
Does playing games or staring at a computer screen for long periods cause sleep disorders? Did I put on weight due to sleeping less?
There are studies of blue light emanating from computer screens reducing melatonin levels and disturbing our circadian rhythm.
Melatonin is a hormone that your brain produces in response to darkness. It helps with the timing of your circadian rhythms (24-hour internal clock) and with sleep. Being exposed to light at night can block melatonin production.[source: Melatonin: What You Need To Know]
Harvard released an article detailing the connection between blue light and sleep.
And, Harvard goes into detail that not getting enough sleep can increase weight gain.
The researchers put ten people on a schedule that gradually shifted their circadian rhythms’ timing. Their blood sugar levels increased, throwing them into a prediabetic state, and leptin levels, a hormone that leaves people feeling full after a meal, went down.[source: Blue light has a dark side]
How does sleep help with weight loss?
Poor sleep has been tied to weight gain and an increase in body mass index. Studies show that people who slept less than 7 hours put on weight.
A study followed 68,000 nurses and found that participants who slept only five hours or less were likely to gain 15 kg compared to those who had a proper sleep.
The studies show the likelihood of weight gain if you are not sleeping correctly.
Lack of sleep can increase your appetite
When you don’t get enough sleep, your hunger hormones get disrupted.
When your hunger hormones go out of whack, you could be eating more than you should.
Let me introduce our hunger hormones, ghrelin, and leptin. Ghrelin increases when you’re hungry and decreases after eating.
Leptin stops hunger and tells your brain that you don’t need to eat anymore.
When these two are not in sync, your obesity risk is high.
Just imagine, you already ate, but you’re leptin resistant (typical in obese people)? Your brain won’t know that you’re already full.
And, if you have too much ghrelin, you’ll be munching all day.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces a significant amount of ghrelin than leptin.
You should sleep whenever you can. It’s vital for your health. When you’re always hungry and your love affair with food is out of control, lack of sleep could be the cause.
Increased calorie intake
The less you sleep, the more time you’re awake. And you wake up hungry. What do you do when you’re hungry? You eat.
Potentially, you could be eating more in a day because you’re awake most of the time. Most people get hungry 3 – 4 hours after eating their main meal.
If you slept 8 hours compared to 4 hours, the less chance you get to eat.
This study shows that healthy adults ate 550 fewer calories when they were allowed 8 hours of sleep.
The longer you stay up, the more likely you will keep eating due to your hunger hormone calling.
This is especially true because I game all night and all day. In between games, I would grab a sandwich, crisps, or cheesecakes.
Sleep heals the body
Getting enough proper sleep or rest can help you feel rejuvenated. Have you ever tried to function without sleep? It’s hard, right?
Well, essentially, our body needs to sleep to recover. Our body does a great job at fixing itself, but it needs some shutdown to heal appropriately. That’s why it’s crucial to get enough rest and sleep when you are sick.
You don’t need a piece of scientific evidence to tell you that you need to sleep.
Put yourself in that situation. Don’t sleep for 24 hours. More likely, you’d be tired, exhausted, and not all there—just a mess.
You need to sleep to keep your body in tip-top condition.
Too much sleep can lead to obesity
It’s normal to think that sleeping more can help you lose weight. However, research says otherwise. Two hundred seventy-six adults aged 21 to 64 years from Quebec participated in a 6-year-long study to find if sleeping too much promotes weight gain.
After careful analysis, people who slept less than seven hours had a 27% increase in obesity. People who slept more than 8 hours had a 21% risk of obesity.
Therefore, the optimal hours of sleep are seven to eight hours.
Sleep to lose weight
Sounds easy, right? Sleep. Lose weight.
Easier said than done.
I tried everything from deep breathing exercises before bed, tiring myself out, working out, ingesting vitamins and minerals.
None worked. Except, tiring myself out with exercise before bed. However, I can’t keep doing it.
It was mindboggling that even though I was working out every night, I was still gaining weight.
There has to be a better way than a grueling exercise each night to catch some zZzzZz.
That’s when I came upon a costly supplement for sleep. I’m not going to name the product. But, the supplement for sleep was expensive, and it works.
A few days after taking the supplement, I was getting a proper 7 hours straight of sleep each night.
I found a miracle pill, I thought to myself. But due to my financial constraint and geographical location, I couldn’t keep buying the same effective supplement.
So, I decided to combine the best ingredients from the capsule. The elements that are effective and proven by research.
Then I used myself as a guinea pig to try the new formula. I’m happy to report that it knocked me out, and I woke up in 7.5 hours. I didn’t feel any side effects.
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Sleep and weight loss are directly correlated.
When you sleep better, you can keep your hunger in check.
But, if you keep missing out on sleep, you are building plenty of hunger hormones, making you hungry all the time.
Proper sleep can help you feel revitalized and refresh. Ready to take on another day.
But, getting a night of proper sleep is hard for some of us. I’m one of them.
You can do things to help you sleep, but sometimes they are not practical and hard to incorporate into our busy lifestyle.
The most convenient way to ensure better sleep is via a supplement.
Consider trying Dream, our natural supplement for sleep.
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Can sleep help with weight loss?
It’s irrefutable that sleep is connected to obesity. Fixing your sleep problem can help your weight loss efforts.
How much sleep do I need to lose weight?
The research says you need 7 to 8 hours of sleep to optimize your health. Getting adequate sleep doesn’t mean you’ll lose weight. Proper rest, nutrition, and exercise will guarantee weight loss.
What’s the best time to sleep for weight loss?
The best time to sleep for weight loss is anytime. As long as you’re getting the recommended 7 hours, you’re fine. You won’t directly lose weight by getting enough sleep. But, it helps, and you’re optimizing your body for better health.
Too much sleep and weight loss?
Studies show that having the right amount of seven to eight hours is the optimum amount. Sleeping too little or too much can lead to obesity.
“I have the metabolism of a sloth and a body that hates putting on muscles. This curse motivated me to study weight loss and nutrition. I want to share my experiences and knowledge to help you achieve your ideal body.”— Christian Tanobey