Want to Lose Weight? Take A Nap!

cat sleeping

Ever feel like taking a nap mid-day?  Want to bite someone’s head off after a night of no sleep?

Get some zzzzz’s!

Our bodies are designed to receive at least 6 hours of sleep a night; and getting any less can affect mood, energy, alertness and weight loss results.

When you sleep your body recharges and repairs itself from your muscles to your cells.  During sleep, your body also releases hormones that allow major functions to take place.  Lack of sleep lowers leptin levels and increases cortisol in your body.  When leptin is lowered, your appetite increases.  Furthermore, increased amounts of cortisol in the body stimulate glucose production and hunger.

Lastly, lack of sleep makes it hard for your body to metabolize carbohydrates.  This increases your blood-sugar and insulin levels and in turn tells your body to store extra food as fat.

That’s enough to make me want to go take a cat nap.  What about you?

For more tips on weight loss and health, stay tuned to my blog!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

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