Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly popular to claim that sport and proper nutrition — are the key to a happy life. However, there are not many discussions about a quality, healthy sleep, although it plays a key role in a person’s ability to spend a productive day and maintain a figure in tone.
Many people have problems with sleeping — a busy schedule does not allow you to get enough sleep, and the constant stress associated with work or pressing problems only worsens the quality of sleep. Meanwhile, scientists have been shown that a healthy and full-fledged sleep is the best assistant in achieving the ideal form, while the lack of sleep and insomnia, on the contrary, create problems in the form of obesity and excess weight. Let’s look at how sleep helps to fight excess weight.
Less Cortisol is produced
One of the most well-known reasons to sleep more to lose weight is that it reduces the amount of stress. Cortisol is a hormone produced by our body during stress. Our body knows when there is mental or physical stress and develops Cortisol to help us cope with panic or anxiety. But even if you are not panicking, and you do not need to “fight or run”, the body will mistakenly take all forms of stress for this reaction and will develop Cortisol to compensate for this. Rest only a couple of hours, instead of the necessary time, can lead to this. Cortisol stores body weight and leads to many other reactions through hormones. Sleep 8-9 hours, this will help the body produce less cortisol.
Improved appetite control
As we said, since the body produces less Cortisol, other hormones in your body can work better, including signals of hunger and appetite. You will notice that during overexertion you want to eat something high-calorie. Why? Stress or fatigue change the hormones in the body, which leads to their poor performance. Leptin and Ghrelin directly affect the levels of hunger, and these two hormones are affected by the amount of cortisol in the body, and, accordingly, the amount of sleep.
To ensure that these “hunger hormones” do their work correctly and stay on a more or less level, just sleep long enough! You will notice that you stop reaching for harmful food or feel a general state of stress. You must eat right, as the hunger strike will not help metabolism, but you will notice that if you get good sleep on the eve, the next day the appetite will be more stable.
Get enough sleep and you will feel better! Excellent mood after a night of good sleep is not your imagination. This is a real chemical response of the body and hormones. The production of Serotonin occurs much better when you get enough sleep. Serotonin is the hormone of happiness, about which we have heard so much, and it affects everything, including weight. It helps to reduce the level of cortisol in the body, helps regulate appetite and even prevents depression, which leads to overeating or feeding harmful food. Low Serotonin levels can also prevent the desire to exercise — you will just feel tired and lazy, and we do not need it, do we?
The more you sleep, the more energy you accumulate and the better you will be engaged! Even if you train only 30-45 minutes, you will burn more calories, if you have more energy.
You won’t be lazy
It is much easier to stay away from the couch and avoid lazy leisure activities if you have slept enough. If you do not sleep, you will only dream of a bed. And this is unlikely to help your metabolism and weight loss. To not spend on your couch all your free time, just sleep on it at night for hours!
Sleep affects digestion
Did you know that digestion not only can affect weight, but it is itself affected by sleep effects? About 80% of the nerves connecting the brain pass right through the digestive tract and these neurotransmitters communicate with the stomach and brain. During stress, digestion plays an important role, and since the body does not have enough sleep, digestion will not be the best. The body cannot digest food under stress, because it is too busy trying to suppress stress within the body. Blood moves away from the digestive system. Poorly digested food will eventually be stored as waste, which leads to weight gain. Experiment and start sleeping more. You will notice that you have improved digestion and you regularly go to the toilet.
Eating the right foods
Agree, if you slept badly, in the morning you are ready to eat everything that comes to hand. And as a rule, it is not the most useful meal. A good rest at night will lead to the fact that during the day you make the right choice in terms of food. Only balanced products. If possible, prepare food in advance to always have healthy food on a hand.
Sleeping 8-9 hours is ideal for most people, but 20-30 minute sleep is welcome! If you want to take a nap, go ahead, don’t hesitate! But the day’s sleep should not last more than an hour, so as not to disturb the night’s sleep. Several times a week you can afford to sleep one hour. You will notice that the weight loss process has gone much easier and faster when the body is resting enough.
Author: Dmitrieva Iren.
Iren is an editor of mattressopedia.com. Basically, she writes reviews on various mattresses, interested in everything related to healthy and proper sleep. She believes that a good night’s sleep is the key to health and successful life.