Here’s another article from Shape magazine where I talk a bit about the links between sleep and body fat. There’s an interesting body of research showing that when we don’t get enough sleep, several hormones are thrown out of whack (leptin, ghrelin, and cortisol), and our body responds with increased appetite (for junk food) and accelerated belly fat storage. We see this same relationship between less sleep and more belly fat in under-slept moms, stressed business people, overtrained athletes, and anxious students – it’s about as close as you can get to a true modern health epidemic when you make the links between lack of sleep and – diabetes – obesity – heart disease – cancer – and depression.
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About the Author: Shawn Talbott holds a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry (Rutgers) and a MS in Exercise Science (UMass). He trains for iron-distance triathlons and ultramarathons in Utah – and is always sure to keep himself in biochemical balance and with high vigor.
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6 Reasons You Need More Sleep
And how to put yourself on snooze control—tonight!
Sleep Curbs Unhealthy Cravings
That means blood sugar regulation is compromised and you’ll crave more sweets and junk food. The increased appetite for unhealthy snacks puts you at risk for abdominal weight gain, diabetes and obesity. Yikes!
Sleep Repairs and Rebuilds Cells
Sleep Improves Memory
Sleep Prevents Illness
Sleep Improves Your Energy Level
Sleep Helps Beat Depression
How to Get More Sleep Tonight
Get into a routine. Try going to bed half an hour earlier each week or set a bedtime. This will get your body used to a schedule.
Relax before bed. Turning the television off and taking some time out for yourself before bedtime, whether it be relaxing with a good book or meditating. This will help reset your brain and get it into sleep mode.
Cut out the caffeine! As we all know, caffeine keeps us stay alert and ready to start the day. If you are the type of person that gets a jolt from caffeine, cutting it out four to six hours before bedtime can help ensure that you get a restful night’s sleep.
Eat a high-protein snack before bed. This can provide the L-tryptophan your body needs to process melatonin and serotonin.
Avoid alcohol You may think that having a drink before bed might make you sleepy, but the effects are short lived. You will often awake several hours later, unable to fall back to sleep.