ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sleep Your Way to Weight Loss

Updated on October 7, 2010

Scientists already know that lack of sleep is connected to accidents, diabetes, depression, hypertension, memory loss and cardiovascular disease. Now, more and more research is being done on the relationship between sleep and body weight. Most men and women need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Chronic sleep debt is defined as sleeping more than four, but less than seven hours a night.

Sleep deprivation causes your nervous system to speed up which increases hormone activity. More cortisol is produced which has been shown to increase food intake and the accumulation of abdominal fat. Restricting sleep is also associated with lower levels of leptin. When leptin levels decrease, the brain tells the body to eat more. Plus, there are two additional hormones that stimulate hunger and prompt the body to eat more when sleep is restricted.

Get enough sleep and your body will naturally regulate your hormones. Simply put, adequate rest means eating less. You'll also be less likely to reach for an energy drink or coffee. If your goal is to lose weight, it is imperative that you get a good night’s rest. Follow these tips to improve sleep.

  • Cut down on caffeine consumption in the late afternoon and evening.
  • Quit smoking or do not use products with nicotine before bed.
  • Keep your bedroom cool during sleeping hours.
  • Drink fewer fluids after dinner to reduce trips to the restroom.
  • Set a regular time to go to bed and a consistent time to wake up.
  • Avoid bringing food to bed.
  • Limit naps to a maximum of 30 minutes. And never nap after 3pm.
  • Avoid intense exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
A great resource for sleep info is the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  Visit their website at www.sleepeducation.com.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • mixfitness profile imageAUTHOR

      mixfitness 

      7 years ago from Round Hill, VA

      Thanks for your comment, arthursaxon! I ask all my clients how much sleep they're getting each night.

    • arthursaxon profile image

      arthursaxon 

      7 years ago from Denver, CO

      Good stuff, I've had a few clients with intermittent insomnia, and they had considerable trouble getting results. Sleep is often overlooked in the weight loss equation, but it is absolutely vital!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)