Less Sleep Equals More Weight

Sleep is an important part of our daily cycle. It is during sleep that the body begins to regenerate and repair itself from the activities of the day. Shorting yourself when it comes to getting enough sleep can lead to changes in your body that promote weight gain.

Each person has a certain amount of sleep that their body needs each night. Depending on your age, you need more sleep than at other times. For children, the sleep requirement is usually between nine and ten hours a night. The body is still developing. With growth spurts, teenagers may sleep a little one night and half of the day another night.

The body does lots of work during this time. The brain processes what has happened during the day while you sleep. The body recovers from stress at night. If you exercise, your muscles are still burning fat while you sleep.

So, what happens when you don’t get enough sleep? In the short term, lack of sleep increases stress levels, shortens focus, alters your mood and can cause headaches and forgetfulness. When people stay up to finish projects or have fun, these effects are likely noticed right away - especially when they begin to get tired and want to sleep but can’t.

In the longer view, lack of sleep on a near-regular basis can begin to affect what goes on inside your body at a deeper level. Since the body is not being given the time it needs to repair itself, certain processes can go haywire.

One that interests researchers is obesity. It has become an epidemic and in the race to combat it, understanding the factors leading to it are important. Sleep is one of those factors.

Without sleep, the metabolic system doesn’t react as it should. Even in young people, they can develop symptoms similar to diabetes. The way that the body uses insulin is impaired. Also, high blood pressure can become a problem. These are problems which usually occur in advanced age but are now occurring in younger people.

When the metabolism slows down, that means that the body isn’t using fat efficiently for fuel. It also means that all of the running around that you are doing is not helping you lose weight but keep it on. On top of that, poor nutritional habits can lead to a higher fat intake which leads to obesity.

As you age, the metabolism slows done anyway. Adding to it a lack of sleep can lead to dangerous health problems. When the body can’t repair itself, you are vulnerable to illness. The short-term effects are more pronounced as well.

Are you skipping out on sleep to do other things? Sleep is important to a properly functioning body. Don’t leave home without it.