Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Shape Up Saturday Series: Why Sleep is So Important for weight loss and overall health
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Shape Up Saturday Series: Why Sleep is So Important for weight loss and overall health

12:00 AM

Obviously I sleep with my makeup on lol.  Just kidding, I was photographing for another post and forgot to take these pictures first with no makeup.

Oh how I love sleep, but rarely ever get the required amount of sleep I should get.  Technically with my medical condition I’m supposed to get 9-12 hours a sleep as per my doctor.  I usually strive for 9 but almost never succeed because if I sleep too much I wake up even groggier than usual.  My Up 24 app keeps telling me how important sleep is and to get the recommended 8 hours a night for the average healthy person.  So I decided to do a little internet browsing and research on how sleep impacts your health in general and your fitness journey.  I will cite where I found all of this information.  Anything that is italicized is quoted from the website or publication.  Only one of these sources is a .gov the rest are magazine articles or just internet articles, but they also source.

According to Shape Magazine this is what they had to say about the importance of sleep:

When you don’t sleep enough, your cortisol levels rise.  This is the stress hormone that is frequently associated with fat gain.  Cortisol also activates reward centers in your brain that make you want food.  At the same time, the loss of sleep causes your body to produce more ghrelin.

Get Fit Guy also agrees that sleeping enough is important to weight loss.

For example, in research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, dieters were put on different sleep schedules compromised of adequate sleep (7+ hours per night) and not quite enough sleep (less than 7 hours per night).  With adequate sleep, half of the weight the dieters lost was from fat, not muscle, and furthermore, those on sleep deprived diet experienced 55% less fat loss.  The sleep deprived group also felt significantly hungrier, had less satisfaction after meals, and lacked enough energy to exercise.

The NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) also stated the following about sleep and weight loss

Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin).  When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down.  This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well rested. 

Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level.  Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.

Ok, so now that we know that sleep is important for weight loss, why else is sleep important?

The NHLBI said this:

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health.  For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.  Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.  

So, basically, get some sleep!

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**Please note, I am not a nutritionist or personal trainer.  Please consult with a professional prior to doing any of the workouts on this blog.  These are the workouts that I do and work for me, however if you are concerned with your form or if you are able to do these please contact your doctor.  Please also check with your doctor or nutritionist if the food/recipes that I'm posting are ok for your diet.

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