Have you ever considered that the amount of sleep you get cannot only affect your moods, but your WEIGHT, too?
Let's face it, when we're tired we tend to make fewer healthier choices throughout our day and we’ll reach for the quick-fix energy boost we need, often in the form of sugar-filled foods and processed snacks.
When we're tired, we also tend to skip the workout we had planned for the day. And for many people this is an ongoing cycle that's tough to break!
Hey, Dyan here (The Health Coach Is In) offering some sweet pillow talk about dreamland, and to tell you that when it comes to reaching your body goal, it may just be, that if you snooze.... you lose. Why? Because LACK of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity.
According to a 2014 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30% more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours.
Because lack of sleep increases your hunger hormone called Ghrelin. Ghrelin is produced mainly by the stomach and acts on your brains pleasure receptors. It's what makes you reach for that 2nd or 6th chocolate chip cookie.
So as you can see, not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite, it also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carb foods.
Ongoing studies are now considering making adequate sleep a standard part of many weight loss programs, because adequate sleep is a big, big deal!
SO HOW CAN YOU GET MORE SLEEP?
Set a goal of what time you need to be in bed each night to get the 7-9 hours you need.
Say to yourself....
I'm committed to getting _____ hours of sleep each night this week, and then stay committed to getting that sleep.
You'll notice a difference (soon) with your energy level and your eating habits, after getting your restful sleep.
It's time to quiet your CHATTERING BRAIN and drop into the land of nod.