I know, the title of this article may sound kind of absurd to many people probably including you. However, let me assure you that there is sound scientific evidence to back the statement that you may lose weight if you sleep more.

So are you having enough sleep, say at least 8 hours a night? You don’t, then that could be the reason why you are not losing weight although you are trying very hard to do so. All the weight loss diet and exercise programs that you are sticking to may be wasted because of sleep deprivation. Research has shown that long term sleep loss is related to an increase in obesity and even chronic diseases like diabetes.

To compound the issue, studies are even showing that partial sleep deprivation can affect hormones that affect weight loss and weight gain. Sleep deprivation affects insulin sensitivity which affects your appetite and the amount of energy you expend when you are resting. When these hormones are out of balanced, it can cause you to put on weight because of insulin resistance and fluctuations.

Furthermore, insulin resistance is a common cause for Type 2 diabetes. When your body is in an insulin resistance state, it must produce more insulin to get rid of the glucose out of your bloodstream. If this resistance is chronic, it can damage your pancreas and so the pancreas cannot continue to produce enough insulin and thus, diabetes sets in.

Lack of sleep not only affects your insulin sensitivity but also affect your cortisol level. Cortisol, commonly known as a stress hormone that directly influences blood sugar levels and is associated with weight increase, especially your belly fat.

High cortisol level is detrimental to you because it breaks down muscle, which then contributes to the elevation of blood glucose level which will then cause your metabolism to plunge and your body to preserve fat.

People who sleep less produce higher levels of ghrelin which is a hormone that triggers hunger and slows down your metabolism. Metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories. In other words, you tend to eat more and burn less calories when you are deprived of sleep.

So if you combine all the issues caused by lack of sleep, such as becoming insulin resistant, raising the level of cortisol that makes your body break down your muscle tissues and storing fat and the lowering of your metabolism making you burn less calories, then it is not surprising that you are not losing weight despite all the effort you are putting in.

Oh, you have a problem of knocking out easily? Here are some suggestions on how you can sleep better.

a)Go to bed at the same time. This is so that you can establish your biological sleep clock so that your body is accustomed to the time and you will feel sleepy as the time approaches.

b)Your bedroom is just what it is, bedroom to sleep in. So do not watch TV or do other active things in your bedroom, of course you can make love. This is to imprint into your subconscious mind that when you are in bed, it is time to sleep.

c)Keep your bedroom dark. Draw your curtain blinds in so that outside light do not penetrate. Studies had shown that you fall asleep faster and sleep better in the dark. You will also produce more melatonin to help you to sleep more soundly.

When all else fail, do consult a sleep doctor or look for alternative help like meditation or hypnosis. Remember, a lack of sleep not only makes you gain fat and sabotage your weight loss effort, it also comes with many other health problems as well.

Chris Chew is a sought after health and fitness consultant. If you really desire to lose weight, then read How to lose weight fast and Weight loss diet

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