I think you have already understood the inference of this article reading the headline. Yes, it is true that less sleep causes more weight gain. But, here in this article I am going to write down about how the process takes place.
To understand this process, you need to imagine the lifestyle scenario of a normal working person. You can also be this typical working person. So, how do you start your day? Probably you get up early in the morning, and then you go to office. Passing a tiresome day you return to home. After having dinner you spend time with your family or watch TV. After a while you become drowsy, so you feel forced to go to bed. Within a very short time you fall into asleep. This is a very usual lifestyle and most of us are accustomed with this way of living.
But, it’s not possible to follow this lifestyle all the time. Sometimes you get stressed or heavily work loaded at office. At that moment you may feel sleepy. So you have a few cup of coffee and some cookies. Within a few minutes you get rid of sleep instantly. When you come back home after a long day, it is almost midnight and you become crazy to sleep.
Lack of sleep leads a person to various health hazards. Obesity or weight gaining is one of those. Questions may arise what are the relationship between the lack of sleep and weight gaining? These two things are simple incorporated with each other. If you give attention to the fact that when people feel sleepy or tired, they usually take some snacks like French fry, potato chips, tea or coffee etc.
After eating some quick snacks, the body will necessarily starts metabolism process. On the way of metabolism process brain tries to keep itself active by its instinct. This state of brain removes the sleepiness. But the ultimate result is gaining some extra pound of weight for choosing some quick energy producing food.
Some of you may misunderstand that sleeping properly will lead the way to weight loss process. It’s not like that. When you sleep properlly, your body remains in stable condition. But lack of sleep disrupts the metabolism process.
Metabolism is involved with two mutually dependent process. One is anabolism and the other is catabolism. Anabolism is molecule-building process and catabolism is molecule-breaking process. These two process regulates the energy that needs to maintain the function of the body.
You will be surprised knowing that lack of sleep causes out of balance metabolism and out balance metabolism influence the choice of food you make. Sleep deprivation force to choose carbohydrate rich food.
Another thing is lack of sleep makes you physically inactive. As a result your energy expenditure remain slow. Therefore, it easily makes sense that unspent energy contributes to add some extra fat to your body.
Now consider the two facts what I have mentioned above. In one side, you are choosing carbohydrate while having less sleep at the same time you go to a physically inactive state. Both the fact causes weight gain simultaneously. Recently in a study, it is found that the less time you spent in sleeping the more time you spent in eating. Being awaken you will tend to eat more as you have more time than before.
At the time of sleep deprivation, there are two hormones which play active role for keeping the equilibrium of calorie intake and expenditure. They usually tend to lose the balnace of erection. The hormones are-
Leptin normally works as a catalyst for suppressing food intake and thereby inducing the weight loss process. On the other hand Ghrelin works as a meal intiation. Among the obese people anorexigenic hormone Leptin increases and surprisingly orexigenic Ghrelin decreases.
I think, it is now clear to all of you that how sound sleep can help losing weight from the body. It is relavant to give some advices regarding some do’s and don’ts for sound sleeping.
- Don’t have tea or coffee from evening to till night. Taking tea or coffee will reduce the tendency of sleeping.
- Do some workout before going to sleep. It will make your body tired and prepare for sound sleep.
- Try to avoid having heavy or rich meal before going to bed. Have light snacks and drink profuse water.
- Avoid using computer, phone, laptop before sleeping. The rays of the monitor stimulares the eyes and excites your heart. So that your brain can not be prepared for sleeping.