Monday, June 7, 2010

How to Lose Weight Effectively-Sleep Better and Lose Weight

Want to lose weight while you sleep? Sure, you’ve heard all the ads for miracle pills that work while you sleep, but that isn’t what this is about.

A link between lack of adequate sleep and weight gain has been discovered and reported in two medical journals, The Journal of the American medical Association and The Lancet. The studies indicate that there is a physical change in metabolism when people suffer loss of sleep that makes it very difficult to lose weight or even maintain weight.

Lack of sleep appears to affect the appetite through the hormone cortisol.When people suffer from sleep loss they frequently find that even when they are full they still feel hungry and want to consume more. The body’s
metabolism is affected beyond just this. Fat storage increases and the bodyis unable to properly metabolize carbohydrates. High levels of blood sugar result, and this can lead to the development of diabetes.

The cycle of weight gain and sleep loss can form a spiraling increase in both. Overweight people are more prone to sleep apnea that causes lack of quality sleep. Aches and pains brought on by being overweight can prevent sleep. Worry over weight gain can even lead to sleepless nights.

Conversely, sleep can improve with weight loss. Snoring frequently occurs less and so does sleep apnea. Deeper sleep is achieved causing less feelings of tiredness and hunger during the day. One of the simplest reasons that quality sleep can help with weight loss is the more time you are asleep, the less time you are wanting food. Seems almost too simple to be true, but it is.

So, here are some tips to achieving a good night’s rest. During the day don’t nap and get some exercise. Cut back on caffeine consumption and never drink caffeinated drinks in the late afternoon or evening. Never eat big meals late in the day, have a light snack of fruit and cheese instead. Develop a quiet routine that will help you sleep. Deep breathing or reading before lights out can increase the chances of a good rest.

So rest well and lose that weight!

To Your Success,

Monique Hawkins

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