How Losing Sleep Could Cause You to Pack on the Pounds

March 25, 2014 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

How Losing Sleep Could Stop You From Losing Weight

Although sleeping has nothing to do with picking up a cookie and indulging ourselves uncontrollably, sleep deprivation does have an adverse affect on your weight control and health. The correlation may be presented differently than one would think, but there is a correlation nonetheless.

There are actually two primary ways people gain weight through sleep deprivation – one is called compulsion eating and the other is metabolic sluggishness.

How Does Sleep Deprivation Cause Compulsion Eating?

One of greatest references made on the internet today involving sleep debt is the following, “Accumulating credit card debt is similar to sleep debt. If you accumulate too much credit card debt, you will pay more for it until eventually it is cut off. With sleep debt, you are paying for it as well, but your body will crash instead of your bank account.”

When you are tired the body is most likely to crave comfort foods and desire a quick fix to the destruction that you have caused. If you build up your sleep debt too high, ultimately your body is going to want immediate recovery. This is where you run into bad habit formulation because your body is going to desire something that is high in sugar to get you through the day. Picking up that cookie or doughnut will only cause a domino effect to your daily intake and your meal choice. If you eat a cookie for breakfast you may crash in the afternoon and desire more energy through potato chips or more cookies. Eventually, by the time that you are ready for bed again, you are wired and unable to fall asleep.

In short, unwanted pounds will result from poor food choices coupled with a lack of exercise due to sluggishness and further sleep loss.

Sleep deprivation is the beginning stage to compulsive eating and lack of exercise. Try to take care of your sleep first, and then look to your diet for weight loss.

Metabolic Sluggishness and Weight-Loss

It is no secret that a good metabolism is essential for proper weight control. People with slow metabolic activity struggle with obesity and healthy lifestyles. Although sleep is not the only factor involved in a slow metabolism, it is definitely a contributing factor – others include a lack of exercise, food choices, and stress levels.

If you want to burn calories faster and keep the weight off, then you want to keep a fast metabolism working within your body. Sleep deprived individuals struggle with weight control because a tired person is less likely to burn calories when they wake up than someone with a full night of sleep. If you feel sluggish in the morning when you wake, your body is probably going to act in the same way causing laziness within your daily structure and exemplifying bad eating habits.

When you sleep you are actually burning calories, although the amount is minimal, a sleep deprived person who begins to sleep a consistent 8 hour night may see a possible weight loss of approximately 5 pounds with only a week of implementation.

Sleep Equals Balance

Every healthy venture starts with a foundation of sleep. You cannot hope to succeed in weight control, weight loss, or even full-potential functionality if you do not get a proper night sleep. The foundation to all healthy ventures are sleep and lower stress levels. When you are able to control your stress level and your sleep pattern, you are able to control the outcome of your health plan.

This article was written by Matthew Hall. After years of dealing with sleep deprivation, Matthew has finally learned how to get a healthy full nights sleep and strives to help others do the same. Using his expertise, he works as a professional writer for Saatva Mattress.

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