Sleep and weight loss go hand in hand. Catching enough Zzzzz’s is part of keeping a check on your weight, and of course not falling asleep on the job. People who don’t get their 7-9 hours of sleep tend to weigh more because they eat more. Research shows that the hormones Leptin and Ghrelin play an important roll in our ability to maintain a healthy weight. When you don’t get enough sleep, Leptin levels, which govern hunger, go down and keep you from feeling satisfied when you eat. Therefore, you eat a lot more, never feeling full. Gherlin rises, which stimulates your appetite, keeping HUNGER knocking at your stomach all day.
Love to read on your tablet or watch television before shut eye? You may find yourself two hours away from good sleep because the light from such devises suppresses melatonin production, delaying sleep by about 25 percent.
To get a a good night’s rest, limit device time, whether television, computer or reader, turning them off at least thirty minutes before sleep. Like reading on your device? Invest in a filter that blocks shortwave blue-light emissions or pick up an old fashioned book and read till drowsy. Additionally, go to bed at a reasonable hour each night, one that allows you to wake on your own without an alarm clock.
Sleep is vital for your overall health and for keeping your job! Get your Zzzzz’s!
According to David Randall, Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb thought sleep was bad for us, and with the invention of the light bulb thought we could all become 24 hour work horses. Not such a great idea apparently, Mr. Edison. Studies have connected obesity to the amount of sleep, well actually, lack of sleep, we get each night. By sleeping 7-9 hours every night, you can get a leg up against obesity. More importantly, however, lack of sleep is being indicated as a factor in heart disease and hypertension, but stacking up the zzzz’s can help fight these diseases. Check out some on-line resources on insomnia and find a drug-free way to fight this sleep killer. Turn off the television and computers at least thirty minutes before bed, to let your brain rest and stop “flickering” like the screens. Make the bedroom a restful, dark place and do not take work or arguments to bed. If an alarm clock is necessary for waking each morning, you’re not getting enough sleep. Try going to bed fifteen minutes earlier for a few nights, then increase by another fifteen minutes, until you can, on a fairly regular basis, wake without an alarm and stay within the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per-night. If you are constantly drowsy, no matter how much sleep you get, look into a sleep clinic to be sure you are not suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep really does keep us healthy. What are you doing for your health today?
Peace and Joy!