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Health.wellness.sleep.skinnyThe link between adequate amounts of sleep and maintaining your weight are becoming more apparent.

According to a study at University of California, 97% of the population needs more than six hours of sleep, as only 3% of people have a special gene that allows for just six hours to replenish their bodies to a healthful state.

Whether you're getting six or seven or more hours of sleep, know that it plays a major role in cell rejuvenation and hormone balancing. Hormones most important to weight maintenance are leptin and ghrelin; these hormones help regulate the metabolism of fat and satiety.

Leptin crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to receptors in the appetite center in the brain, regulating brain cells that you how much eat. Secondly, it helps the body stimulate fatty tissue to burn calories. In the simplest terms, leptin helps you utilize fat as a fuel and understand when you’re full.

Gherlin, on the other hand is responsible for driving appetite. It’s a fast acting hormone which makes you more hungry and usually for the sweet stuff which is higher in calories and fat.

As you become more sleep deprived, leptin levels drop in the body and ghrelin hormones increase. The inverse relationship helps one understand that when sleep deprived, you’re more likely to eat junk food and put on weight.

My suggestion? Get over seven hours of sleep to function at your best and keep the weight off. 

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