All those who begin a weight loss program need to be fully aware that they need to ensure that they are getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Not only does quality sleep help with all weight loss programs, sleep deprivation can hinder the success of any diet plan!
How Sleep Loss Affects Weight Loss
Lack of sleep affects us in many ways. The most common symptom of sleep deprivation is a loss of energy. When our energy levels are low, we tend to move less and in turn, we don’t burn as many calories. Hence, if you are not getting enough sleep every night and your energy level is low, you won’t experience weight loss and, in fact, your body’s reaction might be to store calories as fat.
Secondly, if you aren’t getting enough sleep every night or the quality of sleep that you get is bad, then you most likely aren’t ever reaching the deep sleep phase that your body needs in order to rejuvenate. Losing this deep phase of sleep decreases your body’s growth hormone levels, which are known to promote and regulate the amount of fat and muscle in your body.
Thirdly, when you suffer from lack of sleep, you are not able to metabolize the foods that you ate earlier as well as you should, which also in turn, causes your body to store fats and your blood sugar level to rise. As continued lack of sleep occurs on a regular basis and your blood sugar levels continue to increase nightly, you may end up becoming diabetic or even develop cardiovascular disease. Sleep loss has been linked to poor health and it is noted that individuals who get fewer than six hours of sleep each night on a consistent basis have a shorter life expectancy as compared to those who get more sleep.
Lastly, sleep loss affects weight loss because our hormonal balance is thrown off. Your hormones don’t function as they should, which then in turn hinders weight loss. Cortisol and collagen, for instance, are both hormones that need to adjust while we are sleeping. These two hormones regulate and balance themselves while asleep. When we are sleep- deprived, they are unable to achieve this balance, which then leads to our waking up hungry and being hungry throughout the day. In addition, the types of foods that we crave are more sugary types of foods.