This week is National Sleep Awareness Week. Yes, sleeping is actually good for your health. Sleep can aid in better brain function, weight loss, and reduced stress levels. Health expert and nutritionist Cherie Calbom (aka the Juice lady) shared some of her expertise about the sleep and your health. Read her article below.
How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Appetite
Have you noticed that when you don’t get enough sleep you have the munchies? Could those nights up late at the computer, watching TV, or restlessly tossing in bed with too much on your mind be altering your metabolism? Studies have shown that people who are sleep deprived eat more food, often choosing the most fattening fare.
In the last forty years, the rate of obesity in the United States has nearly tripled to one in three adults. But consider this: over the same period, the US population has subtracted, on average, more than an hour from their nightly slumber and about two hours since 1910, when the average person slept 9 hours a night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, people in the United States typically sleep about 6.8 hours on weeknights (that’s about 2 hours less than they did a century ago) and 7.4 hours on weekends.
Studies have reported that sleeping 6.5 or fewer hours for successive nights can cause potentially harmful metabolic, hormonal, and immune changes that can lead to illnesses and diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Did you know that when you sleep deeply, powerful healing hormones are released? Your body does a great deal of repair, and your mind and body are rejuvenated–or should be restored and refreshed when you get enough deep, refreshing sleep.
How Sleep (or Lack of it) Affects Hunger Hormones
There are hormones that make you hungry and hormones that control your appetite. And research shows they are significantly influenced by how much sleep you get. Here’s what studies have revealed:
• Five major appetite-influencing hormones can get out of whack when you don’t get enough sleep, which significantly affects how much food you eat.
• When you are sleep deprived, your metabolism can really suffer, which causes weight gain.
• Appetite-suppressing hormones and appetite-stimulating hormones are best regulated when you get seven to nine hours sleep per night.
• You won’t tend to crave high-calorie, carbohydrate-rich foods nearly as much when you get adequate, refreshing sleep.
• Sufficient sleep will help you manage your blood sugar more effectively, which helps you manage your appetite. Even one week of sleep deprivation can set off a temporary diabetic effect causing you to crave sugar and other fattening foods.
You should never again feel guilty about sleeping. But what if you want to sleep and can’t? There’s a lot you can do to correct sleep disorders–like avoiding sweets at night and getting enough minerals by juicing dark leafy greens. Now go ahead sleep like a baby!
In celebration of National Sleep Awareness week try to get more sleep and improve your health.
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