We all have very busy lives. Most of the time it seems like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything and still get a decent amount of sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep your health falters and your weight may yo-yo up and down. Here are some reasons that you should get more sleep at night to help with weight loss:
1. Getting a good night’s sleep helps you to burn more calories. Studies have shown that people who regularly get the recommended amount of sleep burn 20% more calories after eating a meal and also burned 5% more while sleeping.
2. When you do not get enough sleep at night your brain has trouble focusing during the day because it is too tired. When this happens your brain begins to crave high calorie food to give it more energy.
3. You don’t have as much of a chance to grab snacks late at night if you are sleeping. When you eat late at night your body cannot burn it off as quickly because you are trying to digest while sleeping. More fat is stored when you eat right before bed.
4. People who get more sleep burn more fat as well. A study was conducted that showed that in a group of 1,450 participants the well-rested people burned more fat. All of the participants lost an average of 6.5 pounds during the weight loss study but half of the weight lost was fat for those who slept well.
5. When you don’t get enough sleep your brain doesn’t seem to understand portion control. A Swedish study put two groups against each other and had them build a “digital plate” of food. The group that had gotten more sleep at night put smaller portions on their plates. The ones who did not get as much sleep put an average of 35 more calories on their plates.
6. The journal Obesity published a study that showed that people who are tired will buy more at the grocery store than those who are well-rested. They fed the group of men breakfast to take the “don’t shop while hungry” factor out and then sent them to the grocery store. The ones who hadn’t slept that much grabbed an average of 1,300 more calories than those who had gotten enough sleep.