Sleep has a profound effect on your body and mind. Let's start with this statement and we'll build from there: It always feels good to get a good night's sleep. You feel well rested and ready for the day, right?
I know what you're thinking...what does this have to do with healthy weight loss, right? Read on...
The reason why is because sleep has a strong influence on cortisol levels in your blood. Why is this important? A few reasons...
Most people associate cortisol as a stress hormone...and it is to a certain point. When cortisol elevates in response to an acute situation like running from an axe murderer, it is beneficial and gives us the energy we need fight or flight.
The problem is when cortisol is always elevated which can be caused by a lack of sleep and other persistent stress factors. Humans have been wired to deal with acutely stressful situations but not chronic stress so continuously elevated levels of cortisol is very bad news. Here is what happens when we have consistently high levels of cortisol:
Just one night of missed sleep is enough to make you as insulin resistant as a type 2 diabetic.
This is why you feel so bad and groggy when you don't get enough sleep!
Here are some suggestions to increase the chances of getting enough sleep. Again, these are subjective to each individual:
In closing, restful sleep every day is an important factor in healthy weight loss. Make sure you get your beddy-bye time in one way or another!