There’s one weight-loss tool that we all have free access to, every 24 hours. Find out how sleep can affect your weight and health.
The link between sleep and weight
Most people think that calories are the be all and end all of weight loss. But the body is not a machine. It’s a lot more complex than that. Sleep can have a remarkable effect on your weight loss, food choices, cravings, and even on the hormones which govern fat loss.
How poor sleep can make weight loss more difficult
Ever noticed how you crave stodgy comfort food after a broken night’s sleep? That’s your body’s way of asking for more energy. But when you’re tired, it’s difficult to untangle the body’s requests for more sleep and more calories.
When you haven’t had enough sleep, key hormones are affected (including grehlin and leptin which impact fat loss, hunger, and feeling full after eating). Lack of good quality sleep attacks your weight loss efforts from all angles: hormonal, behavioural, mood, and energy.
Sleep well to lose weight
It’s not always easy to get enough sleep. But if you can make a few changes to your sleep routine, it will pay off. You will feel more energised and keen to exercise tomorrow. Your food cravings will vanish, and you’ll make healthier snack choices. And your body will actually be more willing to burn body fat.
Tips for improving your sleep tonight
Try to get 7-9 hours’ sleep every night, and go to bed before midnight. Shut down computers, phones, and electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. Make your bedroom dark and cool, and find a chill-out routine that gets you in the mood for snoozing.