Have you noticed that you’ve gained a few pounds lately?
But you’re not sure why?
You’re eating healthy most of the time…
You’re working like a boss…
You’re even working out a few times per week…
So, what gives?
There might be an explanation to slow and steady weight gain that you’ll be surprised by:
You’re getting less than 7 hours per sleep.
Yeah, but who isn’t??
It turns out that poor sleep is a major contributor to weight gain.
Lack of adequate sleep (7-9 hours) puts you at a 55% greater risk of obesity!
That lack of sleep causes:
· Your brain to crave high-calorie foods
· A spike in cortisol (remember that stress hormone…link to article)
· Your body to store fat
· A decrease in your ability to process carbs (and therefore you store more fat)
· Your metabolism to drop
· An increase in cravings
Oh yes, that’s why you’re seriously craving sweets, and snacking like crazy after dinner!
And there’s fascinating research out there on this, like this one study, which followed 16 adults for 2 weeks in the inpatient setting, and deprived them of adequate sleep for 5 days.
You should know that “deprived” meant 5 hours of sleep per night for 5 days…
Sound like a typical work week to you?
In just those 5 days, the adults gained almost 2 lbs!
They ate more carbs, fat, and more calories in general after dinner.
When you’re tired, you simply eat more food.
And if that lack of sleep is chronic (hello, work like, family life, social life), the weight creeps on slowly and steadily.
Want better sleep? And want it now?
I’ve created a checklist for you with my top tips that you can implement TODAY to get better sleep TONIGHT!
You can download your free checklist for the Top 10 Tips for Better Sleep Tonight here.