Go To Sleep, Lose Weight?

It’s no secret that people get less sleep than they used to, at least in America, and it’s also a fact that obesity is increasing at an alarming rate. Could these two things be related? Recent studies show that they may be.

There are plenty of factors that contribute to weight gain, from fast foods, regular sit down restaurants (which are even worse), to lack of exercise, but lack of sleep can cause the body to hold onto fat stores, and chronic lack of sleep will obviously make it worse.

I don’t know the exact science behind it, but I do know that the body regenerates itself during sleep, and if that’s not happening on an optimal basis, the body begins to go into a survival mode, storing fat in preparation for the crisis that, for the body, is actually occurring. Sleeping will reset the body clock, cause the system to run as it should, and as a result, the metabolism is more normal, the cardiovascular system is more efficient, and the body will thus have a better chance at arriving at its target weight.

Again, there are other factors involved, and poor diet and lack of activity cannot always be avoided, but finding time to sleep can go a long way to offset these other factors. If you cannot seem to find the time to sleep or exercise, see some of my other posts on time management and quick exercise routines. There is a way, even for the busiest of people…

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