Work late, meet up with friends, go to the gym, take care of the kids, wake up for the kids, can’t sleep thinking about all that you have to do tomorrow or didn’t get done today…there are LOADS of reasons for not getting enough rest. There’s lots to do in this life to fit it ALL in. Not getting enough sleep is far too common, but our bodies DO pay a price for it!
On average we need about 7.5 hours of sleep per night. I’m totally guilty of sleep deprivation too! I’m up late training, working and up early and at it again…but not this year! One of my so called, ‘resolutions’ is to get some much needed sleep (and BONUS if there are some lbs lost at the same time!) My goal each night is to get 7.5 hours of quality rest…and here’s why!
Have you heard of this, the ‘sleep diet’? The main takeaway is that you lose weight while you’re sleeping…ummm, amazing right? Well, this is can be true. You need good quality sleep for your bod to function properly.
The two hormones that are key in proper function of a healthy bod are ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells your body when to eat, and leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating. When you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin (picture Chris Farley, “Don’t touch me I’m Starving!)! and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin (aka your stop button, so you just keep on eating). Less sleep equals more ghrelin plus less leptin equals weight gain, double UGH!
What to Do?
The best thing to do to combat these hormonal hindrences…go to bed! You’ll not only save yourself the calories of those late night munchies while watching the Kardashians take over New York, you’ll be, physiologically speaking, doing your body a favor by restoring is best hormonal balance.
Sending you peaceful dreams…nighty night!
I can see you GETTING FIERCE!