Major Key: Healthy Sleep
Poor Sleep Habits Put You at Risk For Obesity
By Dr. Jamie Hardy
Sleep plays and important role in your health. During sleep cellular repair and muscle growth occurs, growth hormones are released, and information is organized in the brain. So yes, those 7 to 8 hours at night are essential for more than just maintaining your beauty.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence linking the amount of sleep that people get to the amount that they weigh. There is clear link between sleep and glucose regulation, metabolism, cortisol levels, hunger, and the release of the hormones leptin and ghrelin. Leptin and ghrelin are nicknamed the “hunger hormones” because they do just that- regulate appetite and hunger.
Here’s how it works. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat so when you are sleep-deprived, your body releases more ghrelin and you EAT MORE. Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating so when you are sleep deprived, your body releases less leptin and you EAT MORE. To make matters worse, when you are up late comfort foods and processed meals and snacks are more accessible. So you are eating more of the unhealthiest types of foods.
Does this sound like you? The great news is that there is a solution. GET MORE SLEEP. I know it sounds easier said than done so I’m sharing 6 tips on how to get more sleep.
- Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening
- If you are hungry at bedtime eat a small healthy snack instead of a large meal
- Establish a relaxing bedtime ritual like reading book, listening to music, or taking a bubble bath
- Set a sleep schedule that allows you to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night
- Don’t use your bed for watching TV or for doing work, use it for sleep and sex only
- Exercise regularly
By following these 6 tips you will develop healthy sleep habits that allow you to get the hours of sleep you need to stay FIT and FABULOUS! With adequate sleep your hormone levels will stay in synch allowing you to decrease your obesity risk.
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