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How Poor Sleep Contributes to Weight Gain

Filed in Sleep by on 04/30/2017 Comments • views: 1437

Are you having trouble losing weight? Did you know that poor sleep, in terms of quality and quantity, can contribute to weight gain?

Poor sleep can contribute to weight gain in the following ways:

  • Higher fat, higher calorie foods– According to a New York City Obesity research study, those who get poor sleep have a tendency to consume higher fat, higher calorie foods.
  • More calories per day– According to the same study, those who get poor sleep consume approximately 300 calories more per day than those who get good sleep.
  • Hormone disruption– poor sleep may contribute to the suppression of leptin (the hormone that indicates when you are full) and elevation of ghrelin (the hormone that indicates when you are hungry). The disruption of these hormones may contribute to overeating.
  • Limits muscle growth and repair– the highest production of growth hormone, which contributes to muscle growth and repair, is produced during sleep. Poor sleep can limit growth hormone production resulting in less than optimal muscle repair. Poor sleep can also limit muscle growth and your body’s ability to burn calories as muscle is a calorie-burning mechanism.

To get good sleep, do the following:

  • Sleep in the dark.
  • Sleep in a cool room.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

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