I always thought that sleep = weight loss.
So when I was young and naturally skinny, I never gave too much thought to sleep. I figured I’d get enough sleep when I could, and make up for it with naps if I fell short.
If that’s how you think about sleep, that needs to change, FAST. And the science proves it.
Researchers found that when people cut back on sleep over a 2-week period, the amount of weight they lost from fat dropped 55%, even though their diet didn’t change.
Why is that?
Well, because losing sleep does a lot more than make you groggy. Just a few days of staying up too late and missing those hours snoozing will drop your insulin levels by more than 30%.
Insulin is the hormone that changes sugar and other food into energy. And when your body doesn’t respond properly to insulin, your body has trouble processing fats from your bloodstream.
So it ends up being stored as fat.
Moreover, a lack of sleep dulls your brain’s decision-making ability and impulse control -- meaning that giant coffee drink with the whipped cream and caramel on top gets a lot harder to resist. This can continue throughout the day in other damaging ways: eating comfort food that’s full of fat and sugar, skipping your workout, and even being less productive at work.
That’s why experts say getting enough sleep is just as important to your health as diet and exercise. At the very least, insufficient sleep can dictate the decisions you make relating to diet and exercise.
So it’s not so much that sleep equals weight loss, but rather a lack of sleep takes a serious toll on your metabolism and leaves you susceptible to things that WILL cause you to gain weight.
Check out this article from WebMD that goes into detail about all of this… it discusses how missing out on a good night's sleep can negatively affect your health in ways you probably haven't even considered.
And be sure to get some sleep tonight, OK?