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Insomnia and Weight Gain

Insomnia and Weight Gain

Sleep is essential as this is the time when the human body repairs and replenishes. Today modern personal gadgets keep the mind in a stimulated state all the time. You are sure to land up with fatigue, poor health, and above all, unexpected weight gain. The American Thoracic Society International conference held in 2006 reveals over the course of a 16-year study that women who slept 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain and 15% more likely to become obese compared to those who slept 7 hours a night.

Short sleep weight gain

Perhaps the largest study to track the effects of sleep habits on weight gain over a period of time was presented by the American Thoracic Society International Conference in 2006. The study that included nearly 70,000 middle aged women specifically pointed out those women who sleep 5 hours or less per night generally weigh more than women who sleep 7 hours per night.

If you want to lose weight, get enough sleep. As sleeping less tends to affect a person's metabolic rate, the number of calories burnt when resting reduces. Sleep has an impact on cortisol levels. Insufficient sleep can cause additional cortisol release, the stress hormone that stimulates hunger.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, chronic sleep deprivation can impact metabolism and overall health. And getting less sleep on a regular basis can result in weight gain, especially for people who do not have disciplined diet habits.

Skip the zzzzs and gain the pounds

Insomnia includes within its gambit sleep disorders, lack of quantity and quality of sleep. While insomnia can affect all age groups, it tends to be more common in adult women than adult men. Insomnia can be caused by physical and psychological factors. While a chronic underlying medical condition can cause chronic insomnia, transient insomnia may be a recent event or occurrence. Insomnia leads to poor performance, depression, anxiety and above all obesity. Sleep deprived women are more likely to snack after dinner and consume late-night snacks. When you haven't slept enough, you are most often going to skip your breakfast the next day. The fatigue and hormonal imbalance causes you to make wrong food choices during the day.

Your body and inadequate sleep?
  • Inadequate sleep interferes with the body's ability to metabolize carbohydrates and this causes high blood levels of glucose, which in turn leads to higher insulin levels and greater body fat storage.

  • Insomnia reduces levels of growth hormone, a protein that help to regulate the body's proportions of fat and muscle.

  • Insomnia can lead to insulin resistance and raise the risk of diabetes

  • It can lead to hypertension.

  • It can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

Preparation for good sleep

Try and regulate your sleep hours and go to bed at nearly the same time each day. Your body is more likely to fall into rhythm. Dim the lights and switch off your electronic devices an hour before you hit the bed. Instead listen to music or read a book. Cut your intake of caffeine at an early hour of the day. Instead drink a cup of warm milk. Avoid sugar before bedtime. Do not go to bed on an empty stomach nor eat a very heavy meal just before you sleep. Lying down after a late meal makes you prone to acidity and heartburn.

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