World Sleep Day: 5 ways getting a better night's sleep can aid in losing weight

Let us share with you one of the advantages of getting enough sleep on World Sleep Day—that being the ability to wake up and smell the coffee! 

You may have heard that getting enough good quality sleep, or what many refer to as "beauty sleep," can help you have better skin. 

Why is sleep important for weight loss?

Lack of sleep can be detrimental to your overall health, which includes your weight. The National Sleep Foundation states that adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Anything less can lead to metabolic disorders, weight gain, a higher chance of obesity, and other long-term health issues.

1. Regulates hormone

Hormones that control hunger and satiety, such as leptin and ghrelin, are largely regulated by sleep. Lack of sleep causes ghrelin levels to rise, which increases appetite, and leptin levels to fall, which lessens feelings of fullness.

2. Reduces stre

Stress levels raised by insufficient sleep can result in overeating and weight gain. However, getting enough sleep makes you more capable of handling stress, which may lessen the chance that you will overeat because you're stressed out.

3. Improves metabolism

Sleep is necessary for healthy metabolism. On the other hand, a study that was published in the journal Obesity suggests that sleep deprivation can lower resting metabolic rate (RMR). 

4. Increases physical activity

Without a doubt, obtaining adequate sleep contributes to feeling rested and energized. You're more likely to feel energised and motivated to work out when you've had enough sleep. Frequent exercise has been shown to increase metabolism, burn calories, and aid in weight loss

5. Reduces late-night snacking

Lack of sleep can increase cravings for high-calorie and high-fat foods, especially late at night. Getting enough sleep can help reduce these cravings and reduce the likelihood of late-night snacking. 

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