You’ve figured out your exercise program and how you are going to fuel your body. But, you’re still craving sugar, and your weight has hit a plateau—my advice is to try getting more sleep. The first thing I work on with clients is their sleep habits. Why? Because lack of sleep is associated with an increase in hunger, appetite, and possibly obesity. According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “when people were starved of sleep late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high carb snacks.”
Lack of sleep increases cortisol levels; this is the hormone that helps the body to respond to stress. “Cortisol, specifically, plays a role in metabolism. It stimulates the liver to increase production of blood sugar. It also helps the body convert fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into usable energy.” However, if you do not get enough sleep, this hormone could reduce your energy levels and contribute to diabetes. Your body could also require more insulin to maintain normal glucose levels.
A study completed by the Endocrine Society found that just getting 30 minutes less sleep than you need during the week can increase your susceptibility to obesity and diabetes. Getting more sleep will help you on your natural weight loss journey.
How can you get more sleep? First, figure out how much rest you need for your body to function and then try these three tips:
- Create an evening routine. Go to bed at the same time, even on the weekends. This will signal to your brain that it is time to rest.
- At least 30 minutes before bed, turn off electronics. Yes, including your phone.
- Make sure that your bedroom is conducive to sleep, try blackout curtains, earplugs, or a sleep mask.
Getting enough sleep is a good habit you cannot afford to ignore if your goal is to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally fit.
Wishing You Love and Peace,
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