Ever heard the saying that goes “if you want to lose weight you should get more sleep”? Surprising, it is literally true. It is believed that sleeping is the most trouble-free and effortless way of losing weight. As a matter of fact, according to the American Journal of Health Promotion says people who maintain their sleep routine ever day are less likely to gain body fats than those who have unbalanced sleep hours.
Recently, a research was done in Brigham Young led by Bruce Bailey the professor of exercise science, wherein 300 female college students, ages between 19 to 26 years old were given movement trackers to observe all their action and activities from waking to sleeping time. Their behavior was monitored before and after the one-week testing period. This is what they have found:
- Girls who sleep less than six hours and sleep more than 8 hours was associated with higher body fat.
- Meanwhile, girls who have proper and right sleep hours were associated with lower body fat. Including those who sleep consistently at the same time every day are associated with lower body fat.
Sounds too good to be true for me! Here are more reasons how sleep may cause weight loss:
- Sleeping helps you eat less
When you are sleeping, it will affect the hunger-regulating hormone leptin in which will help to tell your body it is full and therefore reducing your appetite. Meanwhile, not getting enough sleep will increase the levels of leptin thus results in binge eating and cause gain weight. On the second note, women who have sleep deprivation gain an average of 300 calories than those who get to have enough sleep.
- Sleeping helps you flatten your belly
The primary cause of belly fat is stress and anxiety. This clearly speaks that sleeping is a calming and relaxing activity that will free you from both stress and anxiety.
- Sleeping helps you suppress hunger
Most people who are on a diet tend to sleep or take a power nap often whenever they have the urge to eat junk food. They claimed that sleeping helps overcome their unnecessary cravings and at the same time they get the chance to rest.
- Sleeping provides energy
One of the reasons why our brain craves for foods is because we need energy. Sleeping is a good substitute to food but gives you energy just the same. I would recommend you to exercise few minutes before going to bed, and you will definitely have a wonderful sleep like you have never had before.
In conclusion, having enough good night sleep is essential to your brain and body. Not only it is beneficial to your health but also affects your body weight in a positive way. Sleep is associated with obesity, but the proper hours of sleep and a healthy diet will not lead you to weight gain or obesity. This could be the key to your weight gain problem. Create a sleep routine every day so that your body will adapt the changes and you will be able to sleep at the same hours regularly. Try exercising this method and see how it can change your life now!