Sleep and Weight Loss

Sun, Sep 27, 2009

Q&A, Sleep&WeightLoss

Q: What is common between SLEEP and WEIGHT LOSS?

A: Duration of sleep is directly proportional to a weight loss. If you do not sleep for at least 7 hours a night you a will be gaining weight.

Weight Loss & Weight Gain

There is a direct relationship between sleep and weight loss. More accurately, this relationship is between sleep deprivation and weight gain, not a weight loss, as reported by research studies. 70,000 observed women over 16 years showed that if they sleep 5 hours or less per night are:

  • 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (defined as an increase by over 30 pounds)
  • 15% more likely to become obese when compared to those who slept 7 hours a night
  • Lack of sleep can affect weight by increasing hunger and fatigue 
  • Sleep deprived women consume less food then those who slept 7 hours a night or more
  • Sleep deprivation causes weight gain by the growth hormone, leptin and cortisol.

How Sleep Affects Growth Hormone

Growth hormone stimulates growth. Lack of growth hormone in children leads to a shorter height and delaying adolency

  • This hormone makes considerable impact on adults as well
  • Growth hormone is an anabolic hormone, which help to: �
    • increase muscle mass
    • stimulate fat breakdown
  • Reduction of growth hormone in adults produces several negative effects, such as:
    • loss of muscle tissue
    • increase in fat production
    • decline in energy levels
    • resulting in undesirable weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • The growth hormone, which is produced at night during deep sleep, declines when sleep deprivation or the inability to attain deep sleep take place 

Restoring Sleep to Lose Weight

  • Sleep quality in most people  is declineas as they age
  • Since quality of sleep and sleep duration reflects weight loss, that is the reasons to gain weight as we age.

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Connection Between Sleep and Weight Loss

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