There have been a lot of studies that have linked a lack of sleep with weight gain. Could getting a decent night's sleep help you lose weight ? yes, but not for the reason you'd think. A good night's sleep is one component of living a healthy lifestyle. It is assumed that when a person tries to make changes to one aspect of their lives, that effects others. And this is true. When we change one thing, we do tend to change others. So, if you want to get more sleep, you may also be thinking about eating better and getting a little regular exercise. All these healthy habits add up to long term well being and weight loss.
Also, some of the sleep studies suggest that a lack of sleep could cause a rise in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that has been linked to weight gain. So, some experts suggest that if a person could get a decent night's sleep, that would reduce their cortisol levels which in turn would help them reduce their weight.
One more point, since cortisol is a stress hormone, how to people cope with stress ? by eating. So, if a person could reduce their stress (cortisol levels), they'd automatically reduce their waistline.
There have been a lot of different studies on how sleep can effect our health. I know if I don't get a good night's sleep, I feel pretty miserable.
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5/24/14 2:03 P
IMHO, not getting enough sleep will make weight loss harder.
I believe we eat more when we are tired. Especially more junk food, we crave foods that give us energy now. We are more likely to skip our workouts and more likely to resort to fast food/packaged foods because we are too tired to cook a healthy meal.
Second, we produce two hormones called leptin and ghrelin. Grehlin makes us hungrier while leptin tells us were full. When you donít get enough sleep your body produces more ghrelin. Ghrelin has been shown to be over fifteen percent higher in people who have gotten as little as two hours less sleep. And if your ghrelin is high your leptin is low. These hormones are still being studied but what we know is that sleep matters in regulating their amounts in our bodies.
Another study that I read showed that you can eat up to 500+ extra calories a day when you donít get enough sleep. And since sleep is essential for regulating our metabolisms, without adequate sleep you donít burn as many calories the next day. Decreased calorie burn along with eating more calories can only have one outcome. You might not need 8 hours; you might need 7 or 9. Track how you feel and how you eat and compare it to how much you have slept and see what happens.
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5/24/14 12:05 P
Sleeping doesn't cause weight loss on its own, it's more the fact that getting enough sleep makes your body and mind function better and that it reduces stress. When you're stressed you're much more likely to over eat. Also stress causes cortisol levels to rise which creates that unused "fight or flight" stubborn fat around the middle.
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10,783 5/24/14 7:38 A
I do agree that getting sufficient rest will help maintain a healthy life. But everyone is indeed different and therefore need different amounts.
And to clarify on a previous post, sleep DOES NOT burn 800 calories. At least not for me. I use BodyMedia and yes, since I am alive while I sleep, I typically only burn around 300 calories while lying in bed trying to sleep for 7 hours.
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992 5/24/14 7:19 A
There is some truth to this but saying sleep=weightloss is definitely misleading. Sleeping does not burn more calories than sitting on the couch. We burn some calories just existing, breathing, and yes sleeping.
The reason getting enough sleep will help you lose weight is because you will feel better, cope better, and be more active in your waking hours. You are less likely to eat to combat feeling tired and listless, and you will feel more like briskly going about your daily tasks, whether walking, cleaning, or engaging in more structured exercise routines. So yes getting enough sleep is very important for both physical and mental health and this will have a significant impact on your ability to stick with your healthy eating plan, and that is what will allow you to lose weight (or maintain if you are at goal).
Not getting enough sleep can hinder your weight loss efforts, but the amount needed is going to vary from person to person. (So I don't necessarily think 7-8 hours is the "magic" number.) Here is an article on this topic that you might find helpful:
I've read in a few places that 8 hours of sleep can burn 800 calories, but I dunno if that figure is right.
I do believe that getting a good night's sleep will contribute to your overall health.
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I have been hearing and reading that getting 7-8 hours sleep a night along with eating healthy and exercising will help you lose the weight. I have read that anything short of 7-8 hours of sleep may have something to do with weight gain. I was wondering is anything to this? I'm planning on trying it to see, what could it hurt?
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