April 5, 2013
Not a lot of people out there ever had their minds crossed with the idea that sleep has a role to play with their diet or exercise regimen. In fact, it’s not something I would have thought of either unless I had to research about it. The idea crossed my mind, the research followed shortly, and here we are. In this post, I’m going to try to draw the sense out of this unusual thought so you can find its application in your life. Shall we begin?
We discussed in a previous post how the lack of sleep can possibly make you fat, but here you’ll specifically learn more from the aspect of how it affects your appetite. Appetite is the biggest factor in losing or gaining weight. I mean, anybody can maintain a 20-minute aerobic session and still not lose any weight because of a big appetite. In the same way, an absent appetite can result in immense, unhealthy weight loss. If you’re planning an exercise plan, it’s important to tame your appetite in order to adjust, but I now propose to you that your sleeping habit is also something you need to tame.
Sleeping for at least 7 hours… increases the chances of losing weight when you’re on a diet-and-exercise regimen. The tangible and somewhat logically graspable explanation for this is that sleeping works wonders for your body’s metabolism. But what do I mean by “increase the chances?” Well, like I said, a lot of people go through diet-and-exercise regimen but are discontent with non-existent or possibly even negative results. For whatever it is worth, sleeping more will significantly aid your body’s process by discouraging hunger in the way it adjusts the hormonal levels in your body that make you want to eat.
Sleep disorders have been related to… obesity, no surprise. It goes along with heart disease, mental stress, and even high blood pressure, caused by sleep disorders most commonly experienced and induced by not sleeping for at least 7 hours a night. It may or may not be directly related, but they are still factors to one another nonetheless. Most likely, they affect each other because of how lack of sleep affects your appetite. If you happen to have an appetite for the wrong foods and if lack of sleep somehow encourages you to go on eating unhealthy foods, then the consequence of your problem is not difficult to foresee.
People who sleep the most… have been found to be the ones to eat the least. Well I’m not overgeneralizing and saying that this applies to everyone, but a recent scientific research experiment discovered that people who sleep for more than 7 hours a night eat less calories than people who sleep less. Those who are constantly tired and are subject to irregular sleeping habits were found to favour food with more calories. This is probably due to the increased amount of hormones that push people to eat more.
See what I mean? All those scientific findings I presented were merely just a support to the simpler logic of how your sleeping habit can affect your appetite. It’s actually pretty simple. It just has to come out a bit clearer, and hopefully this post helped you a bit. Seize the night, and make the most out of it; it’ll definitely result in a more convenient mornings. Sweet dreams!