Sleep Loss Causing Weight Gain
Question....Are you getting enough sleep for your body to function properly? Studies show that when the body is not receiving enough sleep it can cause the body to gain weight. Need proof? Check out this study done by USA Today! To read full article click here
You may notice that when you don't receive enough sleep you're grumpier, have trouble with concentration and may even eat more. Too little sleep can wreok havoc with your fat cells causing weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, depression, heart attack, strokes, and stressful health problems. CDC data showed that 28% of adults in the US reported sleeping six hours or less each night, which typically isn't enough for most people. The recommended amount of sleep for an adult is 7-9 hours a day and 56 hours per week at a minimum.
Here are some ways to help improve your sleep!
Stick to a sleep schedule - same bedtime and wake up time, even on weekends!
Relaxing bedtime ritual - a relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from actives that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety. Try reading or coloring!
Avoid napping - power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can't fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help
Exercise daily - vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity
Evaluate your room - design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool - between 60-67 degrees and as dark as a cave!
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows - make sure your mattress is supportive and comfortable. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy. Also, enjoy comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens
Here are a few great articles about weight gain from lack of sleep: