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Why is sleep so importance in weight loss?

Losing weight is challenging, and keeping weight off can be just as difficult. Getting adequate, quality sleep is an important part of a healthy weight loss plan. Most importantly, research has shown that poor sleep whilst trying to lose weight can actually reduce the amount of weight lost and encourage overeating.

 

Tips for Quality Sleep During Weight Loss

 

There are many ways to improve sleep, here are a few research-based tips for sleeping better when you’re trying to lose weight:

 

  • Keep to a regular sleep schedule – big swings in your sleep schedule or trying to catch up on sleep after a week of late nights can cause changes in metabolism, reduce insulin sensitivity and raise blood sugar levels.

 

  • Sleep in a dark room – exposure to artificial light while sleeping such as a TV, mobile devices or bedside lamps, are associated with an increased risk of weight gain and obesity.

 

  • Don’t eat right before bed – eating late may reduce the success of weight loss attempts.

 

  • Chronic stress may lead to poor sleep and weight gain in several ways including eating to cope with negative emotions and craving sugary foods.

 

  • Be an Early Bird – People with late bedtimes may consume more calories and be at a higher risk for weight gain. Early birds may be more likely to maintain weight loss when compared to night owls.