Can Lack of Sleep Make You Fat?

March 27, 2013

Lack of Sleep

Now, if you desire to stay in shape but love to sleep like most people, don’t get too excited that this article will give you a license to sleep and stay in shape. It has been proven that sleeping too much will definitely contribute to your obesity, but can lack of sleep do just the same? Is there some sort of connection between calories and sleeping that will implore anyone who wants to stay in shape to have a regular sleep cycle? Well, read on and find out.

How Lack of Sleep Affects your Metabolism

Don’t forget that your body is a series of systems that functions as one. Your body is a team – everything from the top of your head, to the bottom of the soles of your feet and everything in between along with everything inside. When you deprive yourself of sleep at night, you lose alertness, your heartbeat can become irregular and, much more relevant to this topic – your metabolism will go haywire and crazy.

Though it won’t completely malfunction, it’ll start becoming inefficient – something that you absolutely do not look forward to when you’re trying to lose weight. Nothing is more normal for your body than sleeping with a regular schedule, so if you deprive yourself from that, you’re going to regret it in the long run once you step on a weighing scale.

What Lack of Sleep does to your Appetite

Logically, your body needs more energy when you’re awake and active rather than sleeping and relaxing. The only way you can consume energy is through the food you eat. Lack of sleep or a surplus of activity will affect your body into thinking that it needs more food. More food. That’s not something you’d need when you’re trying to stay in shape, right?

Well, since it’s also safe to conclude that staying awake and active will burn the food you eat, it’s not safe to assume that you’ll burn all of it and that you’ll eat only what you need. This will make you go for those high-calorie foods that provide immediate relief or “full-ness.”

More Logic behind Sleeping

You almost never feel hunger when you’re sleeping. Keep in mind that your body is deceitful by making you hungry even though you really don’t need the food. You feel these effects the most when you stay awake. A simple solution would be to ignore the “fake hunger” and just doze off. It’s a short term solution, but hey, it actually works. Just don’t forget that sleeping too much and not eating enough are both detrimental to you and are not worth your losing weight if that becomes the desperate cost. Plus, sleeping will burn off 95 calories per hour for an average 68-kilogram individual. That’s much better than staying up and being tempted to treat yourself to a midnight snack.

I don’t know why some people actually brag about having all-nighters and saying that they didn’t go to bed until such-and-such A.M. It doesn’t really say anything about how cool you are. In truth, this practice just shows how little you care about your health. Seize the night. You only have one body and you better take care of it. Sweet dreams!