- Sleep influences your appetite controlling hormones.
Sleep directly affects two important hormones: gherlin and leptin.
Lack of sleep triggers the brains to produce more gherlin. Why is this bad news? Gherlin is the hormone that signals the body that it is time to eat. With too much gherlin, the body gets confused and feels hungry even if it doesn’t really need to eat. Uh-oh.
Another hormone affected by sleep deprivation is leptin. Without sufficient sleep, the brain produces less of this hormone. What’s the big deal about leptin? It’s the hormone in charge of telling our brains that we are full. With insufficient leptin, we can go to town with our fork before we realize we have had too much. Yikes!
- Lack of sleep slows down your metabolism.
Perhaps you have iron-clad discipline and steel determination that can completely ignore hunger pangs. However, researchers found that despite maintaining the same amount of calories, people who lack sleep drop their ability to lose weight from fat by 55%. This is because the body’s ability to process insulin take a plunge when you lack sleep by about 30%. Insulin is the hormone that converts sugar and starches to energy and when the body becomes less sensitive to insulin, it will end up storing these as fat.
- Lack of sleep triggers stress hormones.
When the body feels threatened, it produces cortisol- a stress hormone that signals the body to conserve energy in case it will be needed to either fight or take flight. And by conserve energy we mean the body will hang on to those fats-- especially around the midsection. Unfortunately, our bodies read sleep deprivation as ‘there must be danger coming’ and produce a double dose of cortisol for good measure.
Lack of sleep keeps you from making wise decisions.
Lack of sleep makes us feel sluggish and we lose clarity of mind. It’s easier to make unwise decisions- like ordering a big dessert or skipping gym, in this state of mind.
You burn more calories in deep sleep than when awake, but inactive.
Lose weight while sleeping?!
One study actually found that people burn three times more calories during an 8-hour sleep than during 8 hours of just lying awake. This is because the brain is highly active during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage, sometimes more active than when we are awake. Also, our bodies internal temperature tends to spike during this sleep stage, so our bodies work hard to produce heat. The key of course, is to have good, quality, REM level of sleep.
So how do we make sure we have the best kind of sleep to keep our bodies in top shape? Here are a few tips:
Make time for sleep. The recommended number of hours for adults 18-65 years old is 7-9 hours.
Shut off all devices that can distract you or wake you up in the middle of the night.
Avoid heavy meals and alcohol 5 to 6 hours before bedtime. These can cause heartburn, which can disrupt your sleep. Steer clear from caffeinated drinks before bed as well, that may keep you awake. Try our detox and fat burn blend teas to help you suppress that late-night appetite.
Turn off the lights. Darkness cues the body to release the natural sleep hormone melatonin.
Drink non-caffeinated, calming tea before bed. Try our organic all-natural Sleepy Slumber tea for the best quality of sleep every night.