How Does Sleep Affect the Scale?

October 04, 2017

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When we think of weight gain and weight loss we automatically think about the foods we eat and needing to exercise, but something that way too often gets overlooked and directly effects your weight is SLEEP!

Our bodies NEED about 8 hours of sleep a night. We need sleep for many reasons such as repairing the body, keeping our immune system strong, and keeping our mind sharp. We also need it to level our hormones that control our appetite. Believe it or not it is all about our hormones; specifically leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone that suppresses your appetite, and ghrelin is a hormone that increases your appetite. These hormones balance out throughout our sleep, but if we are sleep deprived then these hormones get thrown out of balance and guess what??? Ghrelin increases and leptin decreases which will untimately lead to unwanted weight gain! For this reason, it is very important to make sleep a priority to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While sleep is not the only factor that influences our weight and well-being it does play a huge role in both. So get your beauty sleep!

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Jen Hazelwood

Written by Jen Hazelwood

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