Going to Bed On Time Can Aid in Weight Loss

You Snooze You Lose

You already know that you need to log enough sleep time for energy, productivity, and a good mood, but you may not know that heading to bed on time can boost weight loss. If you’re looking for a weight loss short cut, start crawling in bed a bit earlier at night.

The Hidden Benefits of Sleep

Sure, sleep definitely allows your body to heal and offers many health benefits, but there’s a hidden benefit of sleep for weight loss. When you’re sleeping at night, you’re not eating. Start staying up later and you’ll probably find yourself eating more.

Recent studies show that people who go to be later eat as many as 220 more calories per day, and those calories add up over time. Stay up late and you’re more likely to indulge in unhealthy foods, really adding on the extra calories. Failing to get enough sleep can make you more likely to eat more throughout your day as well.

If you’re tired, you start eating more because levels of grehlin (the hunger hormone) are elevated, while levels of leptin, which regulates your satiety, decreases. When you’re not getting enough sleep, even if you eat, you may still feel like you’re hungry, so you eat more. Sleep deprivation can even reduce your metabolic rate, which means your body needs fewer calories. 

If you want to lose weight, start going to bed on time. It’s tempting to stay up to binge watch your favorite shows, but that often leads to a few more trips to the fridge before you rest. Do your body a favor and set a bedtime. Stick to your bedtime and make sure you’re always getting enough sleep. You’ll improve your overall health and you’ll give your weight loss efforts a boost too.



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