If you’re trying to improve your lifestyle to achieve your health goals, you’re probably trying to eat fewer refined carbs, consume more vegetables, and exercise 150 minutes per week. However, do you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night? Does it matter to have that many hours of sleep in order to loose weight or avoid weight gain? Yes, good sleep hygiene plays a vital role in maintaining weight regulation.
Sleep deprivation is a psychological stressor and it leads to increased cortisol production which in turn leads to increased insulin production, which contributes to insulin resistance and weight gain.
According to studies, staying up late increases the level of Ghrelin (the hunger hormone), resulting in increased appetite and calorie intake. It has also been demonstrated that sleep deprivation lowers the levels of another hormone called Leptin, which is responsible for reducing hunger and enhancing satiety, resulting in weight gain. Even one night of sleep deprivation can cause these hormonal alterations.
As a result, getting 7-8 hours of sleep is critical for any weight-loss regimen and overall health improvement.
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