Although the relationship between quality of sleep and weight gain needs further research, there are some key things you need to be aware of if you are trying to lose weight.
A growing body of research shows there is a distinct relationship between sleep and weight loss. In fact, sleep is showing to be a critical factor in not only weight loss, but also in helping reduce obesity related diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and more.
Let’s take a look at the research into the relationship between sleep and weight loss to help you better understand how sleep might effect your weight loss efforts.
It is still unclear as to whether obesity causes poor sleep, or poor sleep causes obesity, but more than 30 studies have shown that there is a distinct link between obesity and poor quality of sleep.
Some of us get to the end of a long work week and binge by eating a whole pizza by ourselves or drain a bottle of wine. Our body craved that tub of ice cream and, due to our fatigue, we succumbed. What’s interesting is that this phenomenon is actually reflected in research – it’s not just you (and me). Fatigue makes our body less effective at metabolising fat. This is already bad for weight loss, but the resulting effect of slowing fat metabolism is that we develop a craving for easily digestable macronutrients (i.e. more fats and simple carbs such as sweets, chips, fast foods etc ).
A study from Quebec showed that people who were sleeping 5-6 hours a night gained more weight than people getting 7-8 hours sleep. This is no surprise given what we have already established – poor sleep is linked to weight gain. What was more interesting ab out the Quebec study was that people who slept 9-10 hours a night also gained more weight than the people who slept 7-8 hours a night. Too much sleep seems to also be somehow related to weight gain and obesity. The conclusion of the study was that 7-8 hours sleep a night is generally best for people trying to lose weight.
The above relationship between sleep and weight loss are also observed in research involving children. Given this, it is important to make sure you kids are getting enough shut eye of a night time. There are a number of ways to help your child get settled at night, including increasing their intake of Omega-3 DHA. Talk to your health professional if your child is having trouble sleeping throughout the night.
This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on getting better sleep or managing your weight, visit www.health365.com.au.