I want to tell you the secret to losing weight. Ready? Just sleep on it!
Weight gain and difficulty losing weight is a big issue with hypothyroidism. So is not being able to sleep. It’s a vicious circle. So, if you want an extra boost to lose weight, experts say you need to get enough sleep. Specifically, researchers say that women who sleep 5 hours or less per night generally weigh more than women who sleep 7 hours per night.
Your body works like a perfectly crafted and humming Swiss watch, when… you take care of it. Not only do you need to eat “real” food, cut out irrational and unnecessary chaos and stress, enjoy life and people more, you need to sleep 7-9 hours a night to help your body recuperate and repair itself naturally.
Presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, these findings showed that women who slept 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% more likely to become obese over the course of the 16-year study, compared to those who slept 7 hours a night.
So, get more sleep every night for overall health, mental and physical, and help with weight loss too!
“It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly,” explains Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep and the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead Health in Glendale, Ariz.
On average, we need about 7.5 hours of quality sleep per night, he says. “If you are getting this already, another half hour will not help you lose 10 pounds, but if you are a five-hour sleeper and start to sleep for seven hours a night, you will start dropping weight.”
Exactly how lack of sleep affects our ability to lose weight has a lot to do with our nightly hormones, explains Breus.
The two hormones that are key in this process are ghrelin and leptin. “Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin,” Breus says. “Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin.” More ghrelin plus less leptin equals weight gain.
“You are eating more, plus your metabolism is slower when you are sleep-deprived,” Breus says.
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