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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