Lose Weight While You Sleep

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Sleep research has shown that people who sleep less than 6 hrs produce more of a hunger-inducing hormone and less of a hormone that balances your metabolism.

Lack of sleep can increase overeating

Researchers from several separate studies have proved a definite link between sleep and these hormones that influence our eating habits. There are two specific hormones are involved. Ghrelin, which is responsible for feelings of hunger and Leptin, which tells the brain when we're full and it's time to stop eating.

When don't get enough sleep, your ghrelin levels increase and at the same time your leptin levels decrease. The result is an increased craving for food and not feeling full.

Add the fact that sleep deprived people tend to chose different foods to snack on-mainly high calorie sweets, salty and starchy foods. When we understand this, it's not difficult to see that not getting enough 'shut eye' can cause a big problem. Yes, continued lack of sleep can lead to hormone changes that will not only sabotage your weight loss efforts, but could also lead to long-term weight gain.

Optimal sleep for weight loss.
If getting more sleep will help us to lose weight it would be foolish not to try to change our habits. But many of us lead very busy lives and need time to do other things.

So how do we find our exactly how much sleep we need?

Most people need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Some more; some less; but apparently, very few of us actually get the minimum of seven hours.

Here's a simple way to test exactly how much sleep you need.

Sleep as long as you want for several days - not always easy I know but perhaps you'll manage to find time to do this during a holiday. After a few days, your sleep should stabilize and you'll find yourself waking up after the same number of hours daily, within 15 minutes or so.

Once you know about how much sleep you need, start getting into a steady routine. Set a regular time for sleep with as much of it before midnight as possible. It's no value if you go to bed and watch TV or read.
Now don't think snoozing a few hours longer each night will totally solve a weight problem. It won't. Eating healthily and some exercise still need to be added to this formula.

But, lack of shut-eye may soon be considered another risk factor for obesity. Especially since 65 percent of Americans are overweight and 63 percent of people don't get eight hours of sleep a night. Interestingly, many of those who are overweight also don't sleep enough.

One thing does seem to be clear. When your body is not hungry for sleep, it won't be so hungry for food either.

Regardless of diet and exercise, it's possible that some obesity is caused, or made worse, by sleep deprivation.

And if getting to sleep is a problem.

If you are experiencing problems sleeping and think your sleeping disorders might be causing you to gain weight, you should consider visiting a doctor, who can discuss ways to help restore your normal sleeping pattern.

Getting your sleep problems diagnosed and treated may be the first step in accomplishing your weight loss goals. If you've tried everything to lose weight and nothing seems to be working, don't give up. Lack of sleep may be keeping you from achieving weight loss success.

I recently read about a research reported by Glamour magazine. They ran an interesting experiment to test how sleep could help women to lose weight.

The women's one simple goal: Get at least seven and a half hours of sleep a night. That's it.In fact, they asked the women not to make any significant diet or exercise changes-they wanted to see if sleep and sleep alone would make a difference.

The result?

Week by week, they were amazed by the results the women reported. At the end of 10 weeks, the six volunteers had lost between 7 lb and a staggering 15lb by just sticking to a regime of 7½ hour sleep every night.

Now I know that for many, finding time to sleep for 7½ hour a night will not be easy. In fact, pressure and commitments from work and home can make it extremely difficult, but it's worth making an effort.

Research at Cape Western Reserve University in Cleveland, in a 16-year study of almost 70,000 women,found that those who slept five hours or less a night were 30 percent more likely to gain 30-plus pounds than those who got more rest.

In fact, some experts believe lack of sleep is one reason for our obesity epidemic. The average woman gets six hours and 40 minutes of sleep most nights, according to the National Sleep Foundation-much less than the seven-and-a-half-hour minimum our experts say healthy women need.

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Hi, I'm Tina Richards and I'd like to show you the secrets of how you can lose weight, easily, permanently and safely without dieting, just like I did.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02