The Importance of Sleep and Weight Loss
Eight Hours To Faster Weight Loss And More Restful Sleeping Every Night
Benefits of The Great Eight
Getting 8 hours of sleep isn’t just to rejuvenate and recharge your body or rest your mind. No, securing adequate sleep on a daily basis can be the key to:
Increase Fat Loss
Make Better Eating Decisions
Yes the simple act of sleeping can help you say no to junk food, stay on your hcg diet plan and get this; LOSE UNWANTED POUNDS, when you are actively dieting to get in shape and reach your desired body goals.
Cause and Effect
When you do not get rest you hormones become confused. It’s not just you feeling exhausted and grumpy or making poor decisions because you are tired and not thinking properly, but your hormones are affected as well.
Your insulin levels drop. Insulin is the hormone that controls fat storage and when it becomes stressed from sleep deprivation insulin gets sensitive in other words, insulin resistant occurs. When that happens the carbs you eat and the fat that is circulating in your blood starts to be stored instead of insulin moving the fatty acids from your cells and releasing it.
Two other hormones that are affected is Leptin and Gherkin. Leptin is produced by your fat cells and Ghrelin is secreted in the stomach. Leptin gives you a feeling of fullness and Gherlin gives you a feeling of hunger. Sleeping less than 6 hours a night causes your brain to increase Gherlin production and decrease your Leptin output.
When those levels are flustered from lack of proper rest it’s virtually impossible to lose weight quickly. Your determination winds up fighting your body’s hormones and they become locked in a constant struggle.
Determination and Hormones are working against each other to reach your weight loss goals. Insulin is storing fat and Gherlin is telling you you are hungry. And other things start to occur as well.
Lack of sleep also causes you to make poor decisions as your frontal lobe, the decision making center, needs to be rested for you to think clearly and make good decisions.
As your stress rises from slow to no weight loss, a new hormone enters the fray, Cortisol. Cortisol, is released and works against all your efforts to resists cravings, control our portions and ignore junk food. The cortisol hormone makes you want food even to the point of overeating. Even if you are full and or just eat when this hormone is released you will will want food.
High levels of cortisol slows down the release of Human Growth Hormone, HGH, which is released while you sleep. HGH also plays a part in weight reduction, building muscle and the aging process.
As your mental determination starts to wear thin because nothing seems to be working for you start to stress out more and feel defeated.
You see yourself actively dieting and eating the right food, you added some routine exercise to boost your efforts, but you find yourself constantly fighting cravings of cakes, cookies, chips and other foods that are not in your best interest. And to make matters worse you still are either not losing or even gaining weight. With your sleep being impaired you find yourself making poor choices start to give in and cheat on your diet plan.
The sad simple fact is, you are working against thousand of years of evolution and survival in this battle of weight reduction, Determination vs. Hormones. Hormones will win every time.
Yes all this because you are not getting enough sleep. It’s not that you don’t have the willpower to lose weight or that hCG dieting doesn’t work, your hormones are working against you because your body needs good sound restful sleep every night to lose the belly fat and unwanted fat in general from your body.
So What To Do?
When you get enough sleep you reduce your intake of carbs and fat and reduce your cravings naturally. You make better choice not only in foods but you make better decisions in portion control and your ability to stick to your diet increases.
Once the cascade of fat storing hormones is stopped, it becomes easier to see yourself reaching your weight loss goals.
Vitamins, Amino Acids, Hormones
- Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid
- Get into a nightly routine to prepare for bed and a wake up routine. This includes shutting the cell phone off and computer down and no TV.
- Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings
- Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
- Bedtime tea by Yogi
- Peppermint Tea
All have other herbs and plants that aid in sleep and relaxation.
- Massage. If you can a late night professional massage does wonders for relaxation.
- Sounds. Soothing sounds like rainfall can help you relax and white noise.
- Warm Baths
- Deep breathing
- Progressive Muscle relaxation tense and release muscles starting with toes and working up to head
- Visualization of peaceful scenes calming places.
Herbs and Flowers
- Valerian. Can take weeks to work but well worth the it.
- Lavender. A good high quality essential oil. Sprinkling real dried lavender leaves in your bath
- Cool room well ventilated room
- Fan in room
- Heavy Meals
Bed and Pillows
- Bed supportive and comfortable
- Pillows that support your head and neck and proper body alignment
When your bed and pillow needs to be replaced no amount of any techniques, tips or teas will help you get a better night's sleep.
If nothing is working for you, you may need to have a sleep study done where they will evaluate your sleep pattern, quality of your sleep and any sleep disorders.
Make an appoint with an endocrinologist, cardiologist or other health care provider to see it there are other underlying issues that could be affecting your sleep.