Lose Weight And Lengthen Life While You Sleep
USA Today also reports that people who are sleep-deprived eat close to 300 calories a day more than they do when they are well-rested, with ice cream being the food of choice when tired. [1. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) March 4, 2011 / 60(08);233-238]
It’s no surprise then when an additional study also showed that you can double your chances of reaching your target weight if you get between 6-8 hours of sleep (AKA – average at least 7 hours/night), which has been proven to be the target sleep amount. According to The Telegraph, the study found that people trying to lose at least 10 pounds were more likely to reach their goal if they had lower stress levels and got the right amount of sleep. [2. USA Today March 23, 2011]
The combination of high stress and a lack of sleep likely leads to altered metabolism, because when you’re sleep deprived, leptin (the hormone that signals satiety or fullness) falls, while ghrelin (which signals hunger) rises. This is the perfect hormone cocktail for weight gain and health problems. Some experts even suggest that the correct amount of sleep is equivalent in value to proper nutrition and regular exercise when it comes to maintaining a healthy body.
By not getting a good night’s rest, you are putting yourself at risk for developing high blood sugar levels, accelerated aging, high blood pressure, depression and an increased risk of cancer.
Recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over 35 percent of Americans reported getting less than seven hours of sleep on average during a 24-hour period. A CDC analysis found that people who slept fewer than seven hours were more likely to report unintentionally falling asleep during the day including nodding off or falling asleep while driving. This is easily one of the most significant and potentially deadly risks of too little sleep, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents each year. [3. The Telegraph March 29, 2011]
THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF REASONS FOR LOSING SLEEP IN MODERN SOCIETY
These reasons can range from being addicted to late night reality T.V. to stress to taking lousy care of yourself to health issues. Ultimately the conclusion is that the average person’s life is not in control.
For those who just have “trouble sleeping” – there are numerous things you can do to sleep better.
- Setting a bed time
- Shutting off the TV an hour before bed
- Cover your windows to achieve complete darkness
- Cool the bedroom to 70 degrees or lower
If you are waking up tired and lethargic, try these little methods to improve sleep quality because something as little as a half an hour more of sleep could prove beneficial to your health.
However, the likely causes are stress, a destructive lifestyle, toxicity, neurological issues, a lack of fitness, no real well formulated time management strategy, and underlying health conditions that arise as a result of all or part of the above.
To start sleeping and start living, it’s going to be more than a cool pillow, a bottle of Ambien, or a bottle of wine for that matter. The latter two only damage your health further. Getting your mind and your health under control is a complex matter.
Fortunately, it’s one that we’ve simplified and made it easier not harder to live then it is for you right now.