Is your lack of a good night's rest affecting your weight?

Did you know that sleep can affect both your weight and your daily performance? Does this make you think... Am I getting enough sleep? Some of us like to wake up early to clean up the house and get things going for the day. Others like to stay up late catching up on their favorite shows or trying to get to the end of the chapter in the new thriller book. However, are all these things keeping you from getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night?
If you ask most people, they probably say they get on average about 5-6 hours of sleep per night. The average American adult is said to get 6.8 hours of sleep, so most people are not far off from the average. The sad part about this is that people do not understand the effect that a lack of sleep can have on your health. Things like weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a decreased immune system have all been associated with lack of sleep. It's time to wake up and understand that sleep is just as important as the food you put in your body and the time you spend in the gym.
Here are a few other ways the your lack of sleep is effecting your body:

1. Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Weight Gain. Not sleeping enough each night can cause Leptin and ghrelin levels to fluctuate. Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel satisfied after you eat and ghrelin is what drives you appetites. When these two hormones fluctuate they cause people to overeat the day after not sleeping enough.

2. Sleep Heals Your Body. When you sleep your entire body is being rejuvenated and being recharged for the next day. When you do not get enough sleep you body does not get to fully repair itself and will not be at its full potential the next day. Depriving your body of adequate sleep, is like returning to an activity too soon after an injury. If you do not have the proper amount of healing time, you are just going to reinjure yourself.

3. Lack of Sleep Can Impair Your Thinking. When you are lacking sleep it causes you judgment to become impaired or fuzzy. It becomes difficult to concentrate on one thing at a time and may seem like your brain is all over the place.

Just from these few examples it is very clear to see how not getting enough sleep can play a very negative role in your day to day life. Getting 8 hours of sleep can be hard for most people, especially when you are up early to get to work and after working all day you come home to families and have to make dinner and get things ready for the next day. However, yo umay be surprised how your day to day tasks may

Do not let yourself become a victim of sleep deprivation. Catch those Zzz's and get a good nights rest

Olivia Hill, ATC



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