Increasing number of studies lean towards the fact that lack of sleep causes weight gain or obesity. However we must take into consideration ones lifestyle, food habits and exercise. So it is difficult to categorize only sleep as a factor of weight gain. However, research has proved that people who get a dedicated 7 hours of undisturbed sleep have less body fat then people who do not.
A typical person who is sleep deprived would be unaware of his condition. A simple way to detect this would be to check if you are sleepy though out the day, especially in the morning. If you are sleep deprived then your body tends to get lethargic during the day and prevents physical activity, hence causing lesser calories to be burnt during the day. Also there is a hormonal imbalance when you do not get the required amount of sleep in the day.
Sleep deprivation is also linked to the increase of stress hormone and resistance to insulin.
What can you do to help you sleep better?
If the key to a slimmer body is a good night’s sleep then there are a few things that you can do to help yourself and your body attain the desired hormonal balance.
-Firstly, free your mind of stress and anxiety to help you to sleep better. This will leave you relaxed and gives you the power to sleep through the night.
-Drink a warm glass of low fat milk in the night before you go to bed.
-Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
-Exercise everyday so that your body is fit as well as demands to sleep. Exercise at the end of the day and follow up with a hot shower. This is sure to make you sleep through the night.
-Do not have caffeine drinks when it is close to your bedtime. Skip alcohol as well as they tend to steal your sleep and keep you awake.