The Hidden Ways Sleep Deprivation Can Lead To Weight Gain
Cant figure out why you’re gaining weight — or why it’s so difficult to erase those extra pounds? You might be suffering from sleep deprivation — even if you swear you’re getting enough sleep at night. In fact, one study presented at this year’s Endocrine Society national meeting suggests that getting just 30 fewer minutes sleep than you should per weekday can increase your risk of obesity and diabetes.
Most of us have been there before. But there are also scientific reasons why a lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain.
If you thought under-eye circles were the worst consequence of skimping on sleep, you’re in for a shock. Sleep is important for pretty much every one of your physical systems. Sleep deprivation leads to deficits in cognitive functioning, whether it’s reaction time, decision-making, or memory.
Sleep is essential for beyond just what’s going on in your brain. Sleep is involved in the repair and restoration of the body. The rest that happens during sleep really rejuvenates your body for the next day.
Losing out on sleep creates a viscous cycle in your body, making you more prone to various factors contributing to weight gain.
The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite. And when you are tired your choice of food tends to deteriate as you look for easy options over healthy ones.
When you’re stressed, your body tries to produce serotonin to calm you down. The easiest way to do that is by eating high-fat, high-carb foods that produce a neurochemical reaction.
A lack of sleep also hinders your body’s ability to process the sweet stuff. When you’re sleep deprived, the mitochondria in your cells that digest fuel start to shut down. Sugar remains in your blood, and you end up with high blood sugar. Losing out on sleep can make fat cells 30 percent less able to deal with insulin, according to studies.
IN A NUTSHELL
Get adequate sleep which will
– Lead to the body working more efficiently
– Better decision making nutritionally
– Increased energy levels for exercise, leading to a lift in metabolism.
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