Sleep (or lack of it)
Or your lack of it
Is probably having a greater impact of your health
And weight management
Than you appreciate…
Lack of sleep…
Without getting too technical…
Ghrelin is a hormone
And is most often referred to as the “hunger hormone”.
Ghrelin stimulates appetite
As well as increasing food intake and promoting fat storage.
A lack of sleep
Is linked with an increase of Ghrelin.
So, in simple terms…
More Ghrelin means feeling more hungry.
If Ghrelin makes us feel hungry,
Then Leptin is its opposite number
And helps us feel full.
It blocks appetite.
Leptin tells us when to stop eating.
A lack of sleep
Can lead to reduce levels of Leptin.
A quick overview so far.
Lack of sleep can mean
And less Leptin
So overall feeling more hungry…
Time to recover
When we sleep
It’s giving our bodies time
To physically heal, repair and recover
But mentally too,
Giving our minds that much needed time to process the days thoughts.
With a lack of sleep
You’ll not be able to do so much,
Or work so effectively.
Thinking about an exercise class?
You’ll undoubtedly slack off a bit and your use of time will be less efficient.
It’s pretty self explanatory,
But a lack of it
And you won’t be as effective the next day.
Eat more rubbish
We’ve found no studies to support this
In our opinion and from personal experience
A lack of sleep means you’re more likely to turn to poorer food choices.
You’re less likely to prepare a nutritious meal
And more likely to resort to snacks, ready meals and other ‘quick grab’ solutions.
In short …
Trying to keep it short and sweet,
If you don’t get enough sleep
Then you’re fighting an uphill battle.
Turn off the soaps,
Switch off from social media
And get to bed earlier.
Make it a priority
And you’ll reap the rewards in no time at all.
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