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Know The Relationship Between Sleep And Weight Increase

Updated on June 5, 2012

It has been proved by medical researchers that if you do not sleep well during nights, there is every likelihood that you may gain in weight. Every person should have at least 8 hours of sleep daily. You will get immense health benefits if you make it a point to stick to this. Apart from that, you will be alert, industrious and enthusiastic during the daytime if your night's sleep for 8 hours is ensured. Your system will also function properly. Generally, the hormone level adjustments take place during your night's sleep and if you do not sleep for the required 8 number of hours, these adjustments may not happen efficiently. This may result in weight gains. If your weight is more than normal levels, you become prone to be affected blood pressure and heart related diseases.


Conversely, if you want to lose weight, you must check how many hours of sleep you have daily and if it is less than 8 hours, you must change your sleeping pattern. You must increase the number of hours and this will revitalize your hormone system and help you in reducing your weight.


It is not only the number of hours of sleep but the quality of sleep also that plays a major role in the increase and decrease of weights. The hormonal activities that take place during sleep have a direct bearing on your appetite. Researchers could find that Ghrelin and Leptin are the two hormones that control and regulate your appetite. If the activities of these two hormones are disturbed due to lack of sleep, you may not really know when you should eat and when you should stop eating. This may result in weight gains.


The hormone, Ghrelin, signals when you should eat. When you do not sleep for eight hours, more amount of this hormone is produced and so, you will eat more. If this is a regular affair, your weight will ultimately increase. In the case of Leptin, that is otherwise known as the sleep hormone, the place where it is produced are the fat cells. This is the hormone that tells the brain to stop eating. When production of Leptin is less due to reduced sleep, the brain will not get the right signal at the right time and so, you will tend to eat more than necessary.


Another problem you may have is that your metabolism may become slow and so, the body will not burn the calories as effectively as it should. The calories that do not get burned will contribute to your weight increase.


The only way to combat this problem is to ensure to get a high-quality sleep for about 8 hours during nights. Those who have problems can practice various steps to get such a good sleep. One of the steps is to retire to bed at the same time daily. The meal during nights should be light. If you sleep in a dark and cool room, you can have high-quality sleep. A good exercises regimen will help you to have a good sleep also.


If these steps do not help, it is better you consult your doctor immediately and ensure to have a good night's sleep so as to surmount the problem of weight increase.

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