• January 24, 2017

If you snooze, you lose …

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 9:15 am

It’s true—insomnia has a lot more to do with weight-gain than you’d imagine. If you’re not getting an average of seven to eight hours of sleep at night, it means you’re sabotaging your waistline and overall health. The benefits of sleep far exceed waking up feeling refreshed.

Do you have problems sleeping at night? If so, you’re not alone. Sleep is typically an overlooked aspect of weight-loss. In fact, insomnia is among the top sleep complaint of Americans nationwide. Numerous studies have validated the connection between sleep, lack of exercise, overeating and poor memory retention. Further, the benefits of restorative sleep aids in cell regeneration and the body’s ability to heal.

Have you ever noticed how your whole day is determined by how well you sleep?

Sleep needs to be treated as a priority because it also affects mood, and chronic insomnia can lead to depression, anxiety and a compromised immune system. It disturbs judgment, productivity and reflexes, and can lead to elevated blood pressure levels, and chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and significantly contributes to a shortened lifespan.

So, what happens when you’re sleeping?

During sleep, hormones (Ghrelin and Leptin) are secreted which help regulate appetite, energy, metabolism and glucose processing. Too little sleep upsets this balance and the functioning of other hormones, as well.

The good news is there are steps you can take to getting some more ZZZZs:

  • Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, sugar and caffeine in the evening.
  • Don’t drink liquids an hour before bedtime.
  • Eliminate excessive noise and calm your mind by doing quiet, non-stimulating activities (like meditation, yoga and deep breathing) before bed.
  • Turn off the TV and computer.
  • Your bed is for sleeping and not arguments or solving the day’s problems.
  • Turn off the lights (including LED lights on clocks) and keep the room cool and dark.
  • Keeping a regular bedtime schedule.
  • Taking a warm bath also contributes to a good night sleep.
  • What would you add to this list? And, what do you do to calm your mind before bed at night?

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.