So you are struggling to lose weight? The answer could be found in the number of hours sleep you have. “Good sleep is a dream recipe to lose weight”, said a popular British tabloid newspaper recently, but exactly how much truth is in the claim?
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sleep loss may not only affect the body’s metabolic rate but it may even increase hunger levels, making us more prone to snack and put on weight.
The study that was also published in The Lancet, proved that people who had less than six hours of sleep a night were less likely to achieve weight loss goals than those who had the recommended eight hours a night.
This can be pinned to the fact that a lack of sleep generally increases stress levels, and when an individual is anxious they are approximately 50% less likely to lose weight than their less stress counterparts who got eight hours of sleep a night. Lose weight by sleeping? There might be something in this….
It is common sense and nearly all of us can vouch for the fact than when we are tired or stressed we are less likely to exercise, stick to a diet and more inclined to snack on unhealthy foods that are high in sugar or fat in order to get an energy boost.
Although sleep and weight loss are even more connected to one another than first perceived, as according to an Australian study, losing weight can improve sleep.
The research analysed the sleeping behaviour of 300 obese people who had recently had weight loss surgery.
The study revealed that sleep problems, such as sleep apnea, poor sleep quality and snoring, were significantly reduced after the obese participants had undergone surgery to lose weight.
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