Does Sleep Affect Weight Loss? A lot of the times, sleep deprived individuals end up eating more sugary and fatty foods and complain about fatigue, depression, anxiety and have a hard time losing weight.
So, what is the connection between sleep and possible weight loss? Let’s take a closer look.
Think about your own day. If you feel sleepy or tired at work, you are very likely to go for one (or more) cups of coffee or perhaps reach for a quick fix sugary snack to keep you awake. Later on you may feel too tired to cook dinner and settle for a quick bite from the local takeout instead.
Now consider the so many ways that you have jeopardized your weight loss efforts in a single day.
Soon enough this routine turns into a vicious cycle that can easily affect all your well-intended weight loss goals.
When people are sleep deprived and running on low energy, there is a natural urge to seek comfort foods. Remember those?
And while these may temporarily help ward of sleepiness, the long-term results of such habits can be seen as unwanted weight around the belly and other trouble areas.
Plus, when you do not get a good night’s sleep, your metabolism also suffers.
So, to improve your sleep quality as well as the quantity of sleep you get every night, make sure that you do not drink caffeinated beverages in the evening or at night.
Have a light dinner at least two to three hours before bedtime so that you do not go to bed with a full stomach where all the food is simply lying there in your belly. Give the food some time to digest before hitting your bed. This will also prevent the chance of heartburn.
For some people exercising before bedtime may work nicely but it is not for everyone. However, including some form of exercise during the day will also improve sleep quality for most people.