Losing Weight and Sleeping
Losing weight and sleeping is not a myth. Today, approximately 65% of Americans are overweight and about 70% of the American population gets only between 3 to 5 hours of sleep each night. Based on much research, it is recommended that healthy adults need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night. It should be noted that “quality” of sleep also needs to be considered when determining whether or not an individual is getting the proper amount of sleep.
Losing Weight and Sleeping is Possible
For the past several years, there have been a number of studies conducted that have reflected that weight loss will occur in individuals who get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night as compared to those who don’t. Even by not alternating diet or exercising, individuals are able to lose weight simply by ensuring that they are getting a good night’s rest. In one study conducted in Brazil, it was found that individuals are more likely to lose weight three times faster while sleeping than while awake.
What does this all mean? Firstly, it is important to understand how the body works. When we are awake, our bodies burn food and oxygen for energy and we are in what is called a “catabolic state.” When we are sleeping, we are in what is known as an “anabolic state,” which is when our bodies begin to repair themselves and detoxify. While we are sleeping, our bodies undergo a series of processes, including metabolizing the foods that we ate earlier. During sleep, certain hormones will slow down, while others such as the hormone collagen will begin working more in attempts to achieve balance. Levels of corticosteroids and adrenaline decrease and maintenance and repair of the muscles and bones also begin. Additionally, the human body’s immune system increases production of certain proteins that will help us fight off disease. In short, what researchers have discovered is that when your body is in balance and has proper collagen and other hormone levels, you actually burn calories and can lose weight simply by getting a good night’s rest!