Eat a healthy diet. Get exercise. Those are both common recommendations for weight loss. But, what about getting a good night's sleep?
Studies over the past few years has found a direct link between getting restful sleep and losing weight. The studies found that the majority of people who are overweight or obese also sleep fewer hours than normally recommended. The research has shown that sleep deprivation may actually lead to weight gain.
Why Does Sleep Affect Weight?
When you’re asleep, your body uses the time to rebalance certain hormones in your body. If you don't get enough sleep, your body does not have the time to get rebalanced. This leaves your hormones out of balance. Now, having a bad night's sleep on occasion is not a big deal. The body will recover when you get a good night's sleep.
However, chronic sleep deprivation, like that caused by insomnia, can lead to ongoing hormone imbalances. That is what leads to weight gain and trouble losing weight.
What Hormones Are Affected By Sleep Deprivation?
There are four hormones that can get out of balance with sleep deprivation:
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