Why NOT getting enough sleep may be keeping that extra weight around
Sleep. It's almost a joke to moms most of the time. If you are blessed with littles that sleep great then you probably stay up late working on things or wake up early to get stuff done.
Or if you have littles that aren't all about sleep then you probably don't get much sleep either.
Whatever the case, mom life = tired life.
But did you know research shows not getting 7 hours of sleep at night could be the reason you are holding on to that extra weight? Numerous studies show that a decrease in sleep leads to an increase in Body Mass Index and weight gain.
This can be attributed to several reasons but here are a few.
Poor sleep can increase appetite, likely due to its effect on hormones that signal hunger and fullness.
This is likely caused by the impact of sleep on two important hormones ghrelin and leptin. If you have been apart of my free challenge then you know a little more info about leptin and its "I'm full" signaling duty in the body.
Poor sleep can decrease your self-control and decision-making abilities and can increase the brain’s reaction to food. Poor sleep has also been linked to increased intake of foods high in calories, fats and carbs.
Poor sleep can increase your calorie intake by increasing late-night snacking, portion sizes and the time available to eat.
Poor sleep may decrease your resting metabolic rate (RMR). Although reasons are mixed, one contributing factor seems to be that poor sleep may cause muscle loss.
Lack of sleep may decrease your exercise motivation, quantity and intensity. Getting more sleep may even help improve exercise performance.
Just a few days of poor sleep can cause insulin resistance that is a precursor to both weight gain and type 2 diabetes. This is huge and scary. T2D is a serious preventable disease that I want to help you make sure you avoid in every way that I can.
So as you can see just from these examples, sleep is important for our bodies. We probably won't be able to get all the sleep we desire as moms, but we need to try to stick to routines and do our best to get enough so we can take care of our bodies and take care of our families.
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