According to an article on WebMED , there's some real
evidence to prove this theory.
So...maybe if I sleep like HER for many days, nights...for weeks,
when I wake up I can look like this? Nope? well, shoot =(
Sleep debt is like credit card debt,” Susan Zafarlotfi, PhD says.
“If you keep accumulating credit card debt, you will pay high
interest rates or your account will be shut down until you pay it
all off. If you accumulate too much sleep debt, your body will crash.”
“It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you
are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes
of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function
properly,” explains Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep
and the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead
Health in Glendale, Ariz.
Exactly how lack of sleep affects our ability to lose weight?
Dr. Breus explains...
The two hormones that are key in this process are ghrelin and leptin.
“Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are
sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin,” Breus says. “Leptin is the
hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived,
you have less leptin.”
More ghrelin plus less leptin equals weight gain.
“You are eating more, plus
your metabolism is slower when you are sleep-deprived,” Breus says.
(you can read the full article at WEBMD
I have to admit that when I don't sleep well...I do eat more
and it seems like it's a vicious cycle for me. I eat bad
stuff and then I'm even more tired.
Do YOU feel like you get enough sleep? What do you do to help
you get your need for sleep fulfilled? Have you noticed any difference
in weight loss and sleeping better...getting enough rest?
Banana-Cocoa Soy Smoothie
This is a great breakfast energy drink!
Put all ingredients in the blender until smooth
Treadmill - I've been a bit short on time/miles this week. Athough, I
at least did all the 6 days...will try to do better next week.
Food - Food choices this week didnt' include enough fruits and
veggies...too many bad carbs =(
Weight(loss?) - NOPE...no loss...I went up .8 this week. I NEED
to get back on the "discipline track"!
"They said that sleep could help with my weight.
But, I'm hoping it will help with wrinkles too!"
So...what words of HEALTH wisdom do YOU have today?
What did you learn this week, that might help us ALL?
How did YOUR goals for the week go?