10 Reasons for Weight Gain - #7

(Not Getting Enough Sleep)

by

Veda Polk

3 Minute Read

Continuing on from the last blog, the 7th reason for weight gain is not getting enough sleep. Sleep is equally as important as what we consume. Keep in mind, while you’re sleeping the nutrients consumed during the day go to work and repair your body. Think of your body like a phone - we always plug it in at night while we are sleeping to recharge and rejuvenate the battery. It’s the same for our body - overnight, when we close our eyes we are being “plugged in” to recharge overnight.


What is happening when we don’t get enough sleep?

Inadequate sleep increases Ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and decreases leptin (the feel good hormone) which causes an imbalance in our two hormones that control our hunger and fullness cues. When our hormones are out of sync, we consume a higher amount of calories (usually 300-500 calories on average). This happens when we don't get enough sleep because we start to crave foods and things that increase our energy (which then causes us to crash shortly after consuming) and thus begins a constant cycle during the day as we continue to reach for more energy producing products following each crash. 


So, what can we do?? 

  1. Always strive to get 7-8 hours of sleep - anything less increases obesity by 50%
  2. Focus on a clean sleeping routine

Have a set bedtime

Before bed: banish electronics (20-30 minutes before bedtime)

Breathe or meditate

Be comfortable (room settings)

Bliss out (tea, lavender shower, facial, etc)

Brainstorm (write down your thoughts and get it out of your head)


REMEMBER: ditch the snooze - it’s not good quality sleep and can affect your energy levels!