Is a lack of sleep affecting your ability to lose weight?
According to scientific research, sleep deprivation can make weight loss more difficult, and may even lead to weight gain. In fact, individuals who only get four to five hours of sleep each night have a 69% greater chance of being overweight than individuals getting a full eight hours of sleep.
Medical research shows that a decline in sleep is directly associated with a decline in metabolism. The fewer hours of sleep you get each night, the greater your cravings for sugary, salty and fatty foods are likely to become. Sleep deprived individuals also struggle with portion control. Studies show that the lack of sleep leads to a decrease in the activity level of the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for controlling impulses and cravings.
Exhaustion does not just affect food cravings. When the body is tired, it is harder to get motivated to exercise. Your muscles are also more susceptible to cramping and fatigue, which can quickly put an end to your workout.
JSAPA Weight Loss Surgery is an important step towards long-term, successful weight loss. A follow-up Rose Procedure (which stands for Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) can also help St. Augustine weight loss patients continue to control hunger cravings and portion size after regaining weight following a previous bariatric operation. St. Augustine weight loss patients also need to be careful to not let a lack of sleep sabotage their ability to lose weight.
Adjusting your schedule and lifestyle to get eight hours of sleep each night can be a challenge, but it is essential for losing weight and keeping off the pounds. Try not to exercise at least four hours before bedtime, and limit caffeine intake to the morning. Establish a firm bedtime and wake up time to help your body acclimate to a regular schedule. Nighttime rituals like listening to relaxing music or enjoying some light reading in bed can also help the mind relax from a stressful day and prepare the body for rest.
Lifestyle changes after surgery for weight loss are essential to long-term weight management. Just like how changes to eating habits and regular exercise will help make your Rose Procedure or Lap Band surgery a success, so too will adjusting your routine to get eight hours of sleep each night.