Sleeping to Lose Weight
Did you know that getting enough sleep is crucial for weight loss? When we don't get enough sleep, our bodies produce more of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger, and less of the hormone leptin, which signals fullness.
Getting poor sleep can make it harder to control cravings and make healthy food choices, leading to overeating and weight gain. Plus, when we're tired, we're less likely to exercise or have the energy to prepare healthy meals. You can see this effect if you pay attention to how you feel and eat the day after a short night. I certainly can tell I want to eat more!
To get the most out of your weight loss efforts, aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Make sure your sleep environment is comfortable and free of distractions, and avoid using electronics before bedtime. Black out curtains, a face covering blindfold, or ear plugs might really help if you are a light sleeper. If you snore, you may have sleep apnea, and that should be treated to help you lose weight. (Weight loss often is the "cure" for most sleep apnea).
A Direct Primary Care doctor can help you with your weight loss goals much easier than having to pay a copay with every visit. We provide the care you need at one affordable monthly rate. More information in the next post!