The Link Between Weight and Sleep

After a night of not enough sleep - I read a Fitness Magazine article about "The Link Between Weight and Sleep".  Of course one night isn't going to make that much of a difference but I do know that after being up late or out late.... I'm certainly prone to hoover anything in sight the next day.

Trying to narrow down what could be disrupting your sleep… do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. For me (last night) was a combo of thunderstorms and sore/tired muscles. But typically I do have trouble staying asleep…I wake up at what seems like the smallest thing.  

Fitness Magazine says: The Link Between Weight and Sleep….one word: hormones. When you’re sleep-deprived your fat tissue decreases its production of leptin, a hormone thought to suppress appetite. Leptin production peaks at night when you’re asleep. If you’re not getting enough shuteye, leptin production falls off.

Sleep more, weigh less!
Well kind of…. It certainly helps but getting ample sleep isn’t going to miraculously make the pounds melt away. Here are a few things that will help though:

Include natural, complex carbohydrates (nuts, PB, whole grain cereal, hard boiled eggs) in your diet they boost serotonin a brain chemical that relaxes your body and promotes better quality sleep.

Watch your intake of coffee and alcohol.
And the most obvious - I have found EXERCISE no matter when you do it – helps you sleep! It clears your mind, burns off energy and eases the occasional "nerve buster" - whatever might be on your mind that you just can't shake.

So keep this in mind when you're staying up late to watch that TV show - you could easily DVR!  


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