Better sleep and a healthier weight go hand in hand. After a good night's rest, you'll feel a boost in your energy levels which means you’re more likely to exercise and be far more motivated to stick to healthy eating.
Getting high quality sleep could go a long way towards managing weight issues too.1
Every week, there’s a new fad diet or vaguely plausible scientific program offering that perfect, quick fix to lose the extra kilos we may be carrying around.
Unfortunately, living in today's busy world can make it difficult to eat healthy food and find enough time to exercise. But while regular exercise and a nutritious diet are obvious ways to get into shape and improve overall health, did you know that high quality sleep might provide the boost you need to better manage your weight?
Quality sleep has a flow-on effect through the day.
After a good night's rest, you'll get a boost in energy compared to days when you’re sleep deprived. As a result, you’re likely to exercise more vigorously and be far more motivated to stick to healthy eating, because being disciplined is far easier when you’re feeling refreshed compared to when you’re tired.
Studies have found that even a single poor night's sleep can slow your metabolism and at the same time, increase your appetite,2 thus having a two-fold effect. When your metabolism is impaired, your body doesn’t effectively process the energy from food, and that’s compounded by the fact that your increased appetite encourages you to overeat. The end result is a good likelihood of gaining weight.
A study by researchers at Otago University a few years ago concluded that lack of sleep is the main cause of obesity in children.3 It's not hard to imagine this having a flow on effect into adulthood, which means it's time we all started getting adequate sleep each night to avoid these risks.
Establishing good sleeping and eating habits and staying in shape can be a difficult and daunting task, so here are some pointers:
So, how do you get the right amount of high quality sleep each night to prevent unhealthy weight gain? Well, you can start by downloading our free eBook, 8 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight, which explains the 8 best ways to improve your sleep in order to keep your energy levels high and your metabolism strong every day.
If your sleep refuses to improve, you may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Being overweight is a risk factor for sleep apnea and it can cause poor quality sleep which may create a vicious cycle, by further increasing your weight.
You can do a simple free sleep assessment to discover if you’re at risk.
ResMed is a global leader in sleep technology that has its origins right here in Australia. Our goal is to provide people with the means to awaken their best and enjoy healthier lives by promoting good sleep habits and creating awareness for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sleep-and-weight-loss#section5 accessed 28 June 2019.
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