Does sleep affect weight loss?

If you are trying to lose weight with Slender You sleep may often be overlooked, but it may be more important than you think. The average person in SA is now only getting 6h of sleep per night according to a recent study. Research suggests a lack of sleep may be hindering your weight loss efforts. If you want to maximize your results when following the Slender Diet, we strongly recommend you read our tips and tricks for a better night’s sleep, along with reasons why sleep may have an impact on your weight loss journey!

 

Is a lack of sleep associated with weight gain and obesity?

Individuals displaying short sleep durations have been linked with higher BMI’s and risk of obesity. Sleep requirements typically vary, but research suggests that weight gain is associated with less than 7 hours of sleep per night.

Can a lack of sleep affect your metabolism?

Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the number of calories your body burns at rest. One study found that sleep restriction resulted in a decreased RMR in healthy adults, which was attributed to the body attempting to ‘conserve energy’. If you burn fewer calories per day at rest, then you are more likely to gain weight.

How much sleep should you be getting a night?

Sleep duration requirements vary depending on age and from person to person. However, in a recent study carried out by The National Sleep Foundation, it was suggested adults should be getting 7-9 hours’ sleep a night . We know this can be tough to stick to at times. However, by sleeping these suggested hours you are giving yourself the best possible chance of achieving your weight loss goals!

 

Tips for a better night’s sleep

  • Maintain a consistent sleeping schedule, even on weekends
  • Turn off the lights before bed as this releases the body’s natural sleep hormone ‘melatonin
  • Avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before bed
  • Optimize your bedroom temperature
  • Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed – read a book instead!
  • Create a relaxing bedtime ritual, this could be a hot bath or shower