weight loss and sleep

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I read this on Yahoo and thought everyone might find it interesting. I think most of us really know this, but it is good to have validation.





Sleep Your Way Slim Posted Mon, Jun 16, 2008, 4:45 pm PDT

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Like you, I suspect, I have a to-do list that runneth over. To fit in exercise, plus all my job responsibilities and family time, I used to steal from sleep—staying up too late, then dragging myself to the gym at 6 a.m. Big mistake! So my first piece of advice on the path to your best body is to sleep!



Do you like that? Thought you might. Don't believe me? Consider this:



A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that clocking too few zzz's may increase your appetite, which is what used to happen to me. I would replace the calories burned during a spinning class or run (and then some) because I felt depleted. People who log a solid eight hours, on the other hand, tend to weigh less. Ample shut-eye encourages your body to produce more of the fullness hormone leptin and less of the hunger hormone ghrelin, plus it helps ease anxiety and depression, both of which can trigger emotional eating.



You may also avoid injury. Skimp on sleep, and you're more prone to clumsiness, which could mean a crash. A tired brain processes information more slowly, stalling reaction time so that even simple movements (pedaling a bicycle, swinging a tennis racket) can feel awkward. A study in Occupational & Environmental Medicine tested people on everything from coordination to concentration and found that those who got too little rest scored, on average, the same or lower than those with a blood-alcohol level of 0.05.



http://health.yahoo.com/experts/healthieryou/3296/sleep-your-way-slim/
Posted about 11 years ago
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It shouldn't take scientific research for us to realize that sleep is healthy for us, but I guess this is a good reminder. :)
Posted about 11 years ago
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So going to be pointing out some of the mentioned facts there to my hubby who seems to think he doesn`t need as much sleep as he does!
Posted about 11 years ago
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I don't think ~when~ you get your eight hours really matters in terms of health, but I have read that not getting enough sleep can affect your weight. Because when you don't get enough sleep, your body naturally tries to compensate for lost energy by sending signals to your brain telling you that you're hungry, whether your body really needs the extra food or not. So you're most likely going to feel hungry more often when you're tired than when you're not, and this leads to over-eating. Then again, it depends on how much sleep you're missing. A couple of days isn't going to affect much
Posted about 11 years ago