There are numerous reasons to get good quality sleep, like memory and learning. One that may surprise you is sleep for weight control. Healthy eating and physical activity are still recommended for weight loss, but adequate sleep can be added to the mix too.
LACK OF SLEEP AFFECTS:
- Behavior. If you feel tired, you are more likely to skip a workout and indulge in something unhealthy for a quick pick-me-up, like sugary coffee drinks or high carb foods.
- Appetite. When you get a good night’s sleep of at least 8 hours, your body produces the hormone leptin, which regulates your appetite. You need leptin to feel full and satisfied after a meal.
- Hormones. Eight hours of sleep at night helps lower the cortisol levels in your blood. Higher levels lead to a lower metabolism. Sleep is not just for the brain, but also for the whole body. It may sound like a dream come true, but sleeping more, could be just what you need to get to a healthier weight.
"The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more." - Wilson Mizener