Health

How does sleep affect weight loss?

When it comes to how many hours of sleep a person needs, you have all probably heard several answers, but in reality the amount of sleep a person needs depends on their age and where they are in terms of development. For example, children and teens need more sleep than adults. On average adults should be getting anywhere from 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep. But how many of us are actually getting that much?

 It wasn’t until starting medical school and learning about all the body systems that I truly realized how vital sleep is to the human body. While we sleep, the cells in our body are busy repairing, digesting, proliferating, processing and producing chemicals.  Our sleep cycle and appetite are closely intertwined. When we are well rested, our body is better able to regulate our appetite through the hormones ghrelin and leptin.  In bouts of sleep deprivation not only will we have a tendency to eat more, but it is more likely that we will consume more carbohydrates. For more information on the sleep-weight loss connection, check out this article.

There are so many amazing benefits to sleep, yet many people may have a hard time getting the right amount of sleep they require. I know I sometimes find it very challenging to get the hours in, but here are some great tips that I try to follow to get a good night rest:

  • Avoid Large Meals Before Bedtime.
  • Go to Bed the Same Time Every Night.
  • Remove any distractions from the bedroom (i.e TV, computer, laptops, cell phones)
  • Avoid caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime.
  • Rubbing lavender essential oil on my pillow cases.

Sweet Dreams and Best in Health,

Khadija

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