You’re stressed, angry at the world, and your body isn’t recovering. Have you been sleeping? Sleep it off baby.
Examine this article on sleep duration:
Is too little sleep a cause of weight gain?
Answers from Donald Hensrud, M.D.
It may be. Recent studies have suggested an association between sleep duration and weight gain. Sleeping less than five hours — or more than nine hours — a night appears to increase the likelihood of weight gain.
In one study, recurrent sleep deprivation in men increased their preferences for high-calorie foods and their overall calorie intake. In another study, women who slept less than six hours a night or more than nine hours were more likely to gain 11 pounds (5 kilograms) compared with women who slept seven hours a night. Other studies have found similar patterns in children and adolescents.
One explanation may be that sleep duration affects hormones regulating hunger — ghrelin and leptin — and stimulates the appetite. Another contributing factor may be that lack of sleep leads to fatigue and results in less physical activity. So now you have another reason to get a good night’s sleep.1
I think each body is different and it’s important to determine what your level of sleep should be. For myself, I realized that 8 hours is too much because I can’t sleep the next day. The perfect amount for me is 7 hours.
If you aren’t getting enough, start setting your clock at the same time every day to regulate your wake time and adjust your sleep time until your body gets in a rhythm.
10 signs that you are not getting enough sleep:
1) You have difficulty concentrating on simple tasks
2) You seem to be making absent minded mistakes at work
3) You are moody and snappy
4) You look tired
5) You are eating too much
6) You are gaining weight
7) You are nodding off at meetings
And that’s it folks!
Get some sleepy in…. your body will thank you.
Happy sleepy time friends!
1. Hensrud, M.D., D. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198