It’s early monday morning and it’s time to get out there and make the donuts!! The sound of the alarm clock symbolizes the start of another day without sufficient sleep. We all go through it. My mom and dad told me to enjoy sleep as a child because when I grow up, I won’t have the same opportunity to sleep for hours and hours.
That being said, this situation brings up a huge fitness question – Do you want to maintain a healthy weight? Of course you do! If this is your goal, you need to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and…. get enough sleep; at least 8 hours. Many studies have shown that insufficient sleep can contribute to weight gain, which is why it’s important to treat issues such as sleep apnea and insomnia. While the best dentist can provide you with a custom oral device to treat sleep apnea, insomnia can be a bit tricker to tackle. However, you should explore every option to help you get more rest at night, considering that yet another study has linked sleep deprivation to obesity.
According to research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the fact that many Americans sleep less than six hours a night may contribute to the large obesity problem in the U.S.
Big issue caused by little sleep Scientists from the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Pennsylvania State University conducted an extensive review of 15 years’ worth of literature to come to their conclusions. They noticed increases in insulin sensitivity and changes in the amount of the hormones ghrelin and leptin in people who were sleep deprived. These hormones regulate appetite, and the changes were associated with people eating more.
“Various investigations, although diverse, indicate an effect of partial sleep deprivation on body weight management,” said lead investigator Sharon M. Nickols-Richardson, M.D., Ph.D. “The intriguing relationship between partial sleep deprivation and excess adiposity makes partial sleep deprivation a factor of interest in body weight regulation, particularly in weight loss.”
The scientists said these findings suggest that sufficient sleep could help people maintain healthy weights.
Keep the pounds off Health magazine states that one of the best ways to maintain your weight is to pay closer attention to calories. Many people do not even realize those bowls of ice cream they eat every night before bed has 600 calories in it, and that simply changing that one aspect of their diets could make a major difference in their health.
Also, it’s a good idea to exercise first thing in the morning, before you can talk yourself out of it. Then the rest of your day is free to do as you please, and you’ll be less likely to come up with a barrage of excuses for why you can’t hit the gym.
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