Did you know that lack of sleep could be making you fat? That was a, well, wake-up call for me. I’m not getting enough sleep and I’m considered morbidly obese. I need to listen to the experts. They might know a thing or two.
As I’ve shared in the past I wasn’t the best sleeper. I would take the evening and, like millions of other women, spend way too much empty time online or watching mindless television. In this challenge I’ve learned how truly important it is to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Stephanie, the nutritionist we’ve been working with, sent me a link to an article about how the lack of sleep may cause obesity by affecting the brain’s ability to choose healthy foods. Which totally makes sense. I know in times past when I didn’t get enough rest I’d crave a lot more sweets and want more sugary foods to help keep me pepped up.
Same with drinking too much. You’re sluggish the next day because your body passes out but you mind doesn’t. You deprive it of the rest it needs to truly come down and get into REM sleep. Hence a hangover. I don’t know about you but when I’ve had a night of a little too much celebration, I feel tired no matter how much I’ve slept and napped. Plus then I know I want nothing to eat but food that is so bad for me.
I’m so happy to say that’s behind me. I’m sure I’ll slip here and there but rather than make bad sleeping habits a recurring theme, they will be a one off here and there. Knowing what I know now about how much better I feel when I’ve had a good night’s sleep….Why would I want to go back?
Have you ever tried getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night to see how it impacts your health? Drop me a line and let me know.