It’s not just the big sessions at the gym and the miles and miles of running you put in that will help to keep your body in good shape. It’s not just the diet you stick to that will assist you either; it’s good sleep.
We’re going to take a look at the just why having a better night’s sleep can help you stay lean and healthy.
Bad sleep can alter your fat cells
If you regularly endure low-quality sleep, the chances are that you’ve felt similar feelings to that of being dazed, exhausted, possibly confused, and quite possibly grumpy too. but, it isn’t just your brain that has these feelings; it’s your body’s fat cells as well.
A bit like the Butterfly Effect, if you have a late night out, the chances are that you will then have two late nights at before bedtime and before you know it this scenario is snowballing into the realms of ill-health.
The higher volume of fats you have in your bloodstream, the more resistant to insulin you become. The consequences mean fat is stored in the places you don’t want it to be as a result of excess insulin, like the liver for example. This is how health risks, like diabetes, affect people’s lives.
Poor sleep can take control of your diet
In amongst living, eating, exercising and going to work, there’s one vital ingredient missing… ah yes, it’s sleep again! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that in excess of a third (35%) of people are sleep deprived. The team at Sleep Advisor found that a similar stat already exists for the level of obesity too, which should make it easy for experts and non-experts to draw a similar conclusion; the two are related.
Make sure you get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night, which is the lowest healthy amount for an adult to have and it will help to increase the benefits of sticking with a healthy diet and all the exercise you’re clocking up.
When your body enjoys sufficient rest, as much as half of the weight you lose will be fat! That’s music to the ears of anyone wanting to stay lean and healthy, right?
Good rest prevents hunger pangs
The scientific part here is that hunger is controlled by two hormones in the body called ghrelin and leptin. The less ghrelin you produce, the less you will incite the feeling of hunger while also increasing the number of calories you burn, which also decreases the amount fat your store up.
So that’s ghrelin checked off, but what about leptin? They’re a hormone produced in your fat cells, and the more you produce, the less your tummy will feel empty. So, essentially all you need to bear in mind is that just need to control these two hormones to productively lose weight, and high-quality sleep will act to make this achievable.
Sleep and stress
If you don’t sleep enough, the stress hormone that is frequently linked with fat gain called cortisol begins to climb.
So, while your stress hormone is potentially rising, so is the ghrelin in your body, and these two work together to shut off the parts of your brain that dispense the feeling of satisfaction after you’ve eaten.
Good sleep is the angel on your shoulder when it comes to food choices
Enjoying quality sleep keeps you away from those naughty fast foods and unhealthy snacks you shouldn’t frequently consume.
Losing this high level of sleep can cause you to make the bad complex decisions, expressly in terms of the foods choices you make; a bit like when you have a few too many drinks! Basically, what we’re laying out here is that deprived sleep writes off all diets and you can’t have poor sleep in your life if you want to stay in shape.
Your ability to fend off the desires related to making the right culinary decisions are debilitated from prolonged sleep deprivation, so sleep well and you won’t inadvertently listen to the devil on your shoulder when making diet-related decisions.
The final top sleep tip
Prioritise sleep. Use essential lavender oil or and essential oil blend such as Young Living’s Peace and Calming if you need to, as this will support sound sleep, but because sound slumber often falls by the wayside and after what we’ve explained so far, you really cannot afford to underestimate the level of good sleep you get.
The need to sleep exceeds simply looking better and visibly seeing the positive physical results from your diet and exercise efforts, and this is why sleep should if it’s not already there by now, be the top priority on your list to remain lean and healthy.
Hi I’m Sarah Cummings, an avid yogi, spinach and almond milk enthusiast with a thirst for the deliciously nutritious things in life!
As a keen promoter of healthy lifestyles and well-being, I love sharing my knowledge on how you can better take care of yourself and achieve the goals you’ve always wanted to.