Weight loss and sleep

2019-03-27 06:00

MOST of us are probably guilty of not getting enough sleep. And even when we do get “enough”, it’s often interrupted sleep.

Would we be quite so bad if we realised that getting a good night’s sleep could actually be more beneficial for us than a gym session?

Whenever you approach a new weight-loss plan, the first things that likely come to mind are diet and exercise. While those two are certainly key to achieving results, there’s another factor that can have a significant effect: quantity and quality of sleep.

Those precious hours of rest can help prevent overeating, making it that much easier to create a calorie deficit — but, fun fact, you also burn calories as you sleep, though just how many varies from person to person.

Dr Guy Meadows, the co-founder of The Sleep School in London, explains: “At a time where we all lead such busy lives, I often get asked whether getting up an hour earlier before work to go to the gym is a good idea or not.

“In my eyes, exercise is really important for keeping fit and healthy — but it absolutely should not interfere with sleep. Quite the opposite, if you’re serious about reaching your fitness goals, getting enough regular, good quality sleep should be an essential part of your training plan.”

Could your bad sleep be affecting your attempts to lose weight and be healthier? If you are trying to lose weight, then getting more sleep could also be the answer.

Sleep is essential for regulating the appetitive hormones, Ghrelin and Leptin, which are responsible for controlling your sense of hunger and fullness.

Getting enough sleep each night is absolutely essential not just for our short-term health, but it’s proven to have long-term benefits too. Don’t feel bad skipping the gym to get a proper night’s sleep — embrace it instead!”

The amount of sleep we need can vary from person to person, but in general we should be getting eight hours to feel energised throughout the day. Scientists report that after a poor night of sleep, our craving for food can increase by up to 45%, which explains why after a poor night of sleep people reportedly eat on average an extra 300 calories per day. This fits with other research that found people who sleep less than eight hours a night on average have a higher body fat content.As well as this, getting enough sleep is beneficial for the brain and heart and also helps to strengthen the immune system.

So, if you feel guilty for sleeping through your gym alarm... don’t!

For the perfect mattress to get your beauty sleep, visit Mattress Mart. See advert below. — Supplied.

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