Not getting enough sleep is common, because we are all staying up late and getting up early. However, your lack of sleep could be what’s holding you back from your weight loss goals.
When your body is sleep deprived, your metabolism is actually slower due to a rise in the hormone Ghrelin. This is the hormone that tells your body when to eat and when it is sleep deprived. More Ghrelin in your body means more weight gain.
The more tired you are, the more your stress hormone, Cortisol, is running through your body, which increases your appetite for those bad-for-you foods, or could make you more likely to skip your workout.
To some people, getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night could seem impossible. Here are some tips that can improve your sleep:
- Setting a body clock. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day.’
- Avoid blue light. Put down your phone and turn off the TV when you’re going to bed.
- Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening.
- Do not take naps regularly. This could affect your sleeping at night.
- Exercise regularly.