Chronic sleep deprivation is affecting more and more people across the planet. So many people associate lacking sleep with remaining active and therefore losing weight. This is an erroneous association – and dangerous.
In fact, getting less than the recommended amount of sleep (roughly 8 hours) per day can lead to:
- Poor concentration
- Increased probability for colds and infections
- Increased irritability
- Increased fatigue
- And an increased probability to grow obese among many other health disadvantages
In the last 20 years the United States and other westernized nations have seen very sharp rises in obesity rates. This of course greatly increases all instances of mortality as well, and therefore constitutes a very serious public health concern. Many common preventable diseases are heavily correlated with obesity and stress.
Poor eating habits, lacking physical activity and decreased hours of rest are all associated with developing obesity. When coupled with record high stress levels, the risks for the development and onset of disease are also greatly increased.
Health researchers across the planet are discovering that those who sleep the least often weigh the most. In fact, one study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey involving 18,000 adults, suggests that those who sleep 4 hours or less nightly on a regular basis are 73% more likely to develop obesity than those people who receive proper amounts of breasts.
The prevailing theory concerning sleep deprivation and weight management:
Although there is no universally accepted theory, the most prevalent hypothesis linking sleep deprivation to ineffective weight management and the development of obesity concerns two hormones: leptin and ghrelin.
Leptin is produced within the fat cells and signals the brain to know when to stop eating.
Ghrelin is manufactured in the stomach and tells the brain that it is hungry. Amongst those who regularly get less than enough rest, leptin levels are lowered and ghrelin levels are increased.
The Bottom Line:
Over time, sleep deprivation is detrimental in many ways. Most people who are concerned with effective weight management are also concerned with their health in general. Our resting periods are those times when our body is able to shut down certain systems and replace damaged cells, digest our food and eliminate toxins.
Effective weight management has a whole lot to do with living a holistically-healthy lifestyle. That includes eating nutrient-packed foods, drinking lots of fresh water, getting daily physical exercise, maintaining a positive attitude and implementing an effective stress management program that includes regular bouts of sound sleep. Sleep deprivation is not only ineffective as a means for weight management; it is an overall detrimental condition that needs to be avoided at all costs.