Recent studies have suggested that there may be a connection between weight gain and poor sleeping habits. One interesting hypothesis suggests that the amount of sleep we get can affect our appetite.
According to the sleepfoundation.org “The neurotransmitters ghrelin and leptin are thought to be central to appetite. Ghrelin promotes hunger, and leptin contributes to feeling full… In one study, men who got 4 hours of sleep had increased ghrelin and decreased leptin compared to those who got 10 hours of sleep.” Although this may not be true for everyone, striving to get a good night sleep can also be beneficial for our overall health, reducing stress, improving mood and thinking more clearly.
Tips for Quality Sleep During Weight Loss:
- Keep a regular sleep schedule
- Sleep in a dark room
- Don’t eat right before bed
- Reduce Stress
- Be an Early Bird
You can find more information about weight and sleep here: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/physical-health/weight-loss-and-sleep