Do you Eat When You're Sleepy?
Yawning at your desk at work, you regret staying up late last night to watch a baseball game. Needing a burst of energy, you immediately head to the vending machine. You grab a soda and a candy bar. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Many Americans deprive themselves of much needed sleep on a regular basis. Unfortunately, missing your slumber can negatively affect your waistline.
The Role of Ghrelin and Leptin
Because you already strive to eat healthy, you might feel successful weight loss is impossible. However, when you don’t get proper rest at night, two important hormones, ghrelin and leptin, become unbalanced. Interestingly, both of these hormones affect your appetite. Ghrelin alerts you when it’s time to eat. Sleep deprivation revs up your body’s production of this hormone. Leptin informs you when to stop eating. A lack of sleep slows your body’s manufacture of leptin. Possessing an increased supply of ghrelin combined with a diminished amount of leptin causes you to pack on the pounds. Forsaking the recommended six to eight hours of sleep each night will also likely slow down your calorie-burning metabolism.
Avoid Sleep Robbing Situations
To avoid sleep deprivation, and the resulting extra inches around your middle, avoid caffeine after lunch. Consume most of your calories during breakfast and lunch. Eat a light meal at dinnertime. In doing so, you’ll decrease your odds of experiencing sleep robbing heartburn. Exercise regularly. However, don’t engage in a strenuous workout close to your bedtime. Strive to put down your electronic gadgets a couple of hours before you go to bed. Instead of perusing your social media pages, read a good book or meditate. Cover your windows with dark shades or blinds.
If you’re struggling to shed the pounds, take a close look at your sleeping schedule. A change of your nightly routine might be in order. For more helpful weight loss tips, consider scheduling a free, initial appointment with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center in your neighborhood.
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