This is an email from Jon Gabriel of The Gabriel Method, there is no link.
Bad Sleep = Big Belly
Studies have shown that if you get less than 4 hrs of sleep each night, long term, you have a 70% greater chance of being obese*....
... and even if you're just getting 6 hrs of sleep, even that so-called "normal" sleep pattern leads to slower metabolism, high calorie food cravings and fat deposits around the midsection.
When I'm working with new clients, I always start by addressing the issue of deep sleep because it's vital for balancing your weight.
So what happens, biologically, when you don't sleep well?
Sleep deprivation puts your body in a chronic state of stress. Stress elevates cortisol levels and stimulates insulin secretion, which activates your FAT programs and puts your body in fat storage mode.
The good news is you can improve the quality and quantity of your sleep by making a few simple changes.
*Don't fall asleep in front of the TV; it causes chemical changes in your brain that interrupt your sleeping patterns
*Make sure it's cool, comfortable and as dark as possible
*If possible, avoid eating anything 3 hours before bed
*Switch to herbal teas instead of caffeinated beverages, especially after 12:00 p.m.
*Take hot a bath or shower before bed
*Listen to my evening visualization CD as you are going to sleep at night. It is designed to put you in a deep state of sleep.
IMPORTANT: if you snore heavily, have difficulty breathing, or need to lose 100lbs or more, you might have sleep apnea. It's impossible to lose weight if you're suffering from sleep apnea and if I didn't get treated, there's no way I could have been so successful in losing weight. So please see your doctor immediately to get tested.
p.s. I made a video about how night eating affects weight loss, check it out here:
*SOURCE: Dr. Stoyanova (Canada)