Who doesn’t want to have a sound sleep without any disturbance? Thanks to our fast-paced lifestyles and various technological advances most of us are now insomniacs and sleep-deprived. The result is weight gain and a decrease in the quality of life.
Sleep is a very important component of our biological clock. Often we underrate sleep, but it has many benefits for overall health. Sleep helps us to stay fresh, increases metabolism, reduces stress, reduces appetite, helps to improve energy levels during workouts, improves concentration, maintains hormonal balance, prevents late night snacking, and helps with weight loss.
Sleeping less than 6 to 7 hours is linked to an increase in weight and body mass index. In one systemic study on the relation between sleep duration and obesity, it was found that obesity risk among adults who slept less than 7 hours per night increases by 41% in comparison to individuals who slept longer, i.e., 7 to 9 hours per night1.
Sleep deprivation affects the decision-making ability of the brain and makes us hard to resist food cravings and temptations, thus lowering the chances of making healthy food choices2. Going early to bed reduces the chances of higher calorie intake and prevents weight gain. So, to achieve your weight loss target, try to have a good sleep for 7 to 9 hours and boost your metabolism.
- Mullette-Gillman OA, Kurnianingsih YA, Liu JC. Sleep deprivation alters choice strategy without altering uncertainty or loss aversion preferences. Front Neurosci. 2015;9:352.
- Bacaro V, Ballesio A, Cerolini S, Vacca M, Poggiogalle E, Donini LM, Lucidi F, Lombardo C. Sleep duration and obesity in adulthood: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2020 Jul-Aug;14(4):301-309.