It’s true… a new commentary appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) suggests that being sure you’re getting enough sleep is just as vital to your weight loss efforts as eating right and exercising regularly. It’s not just because more time sleeping gives you less time to eat (or feel hungry), being fully rested gives you an edge in terms of resisting temptation and having the energy to really push yourself during workouts.
The research mentioned in the CMAJ commentary is making correlational links between poor sleep and trouble losing weight. A growing body of evidence shows that sleeping habits are an important part of successful weight loss efforts. But it’s not as simple as this according to study lead Dr. Jean-Phillippe Chaput of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Canada.
The research from the commentary found that adults who cut their sleep time while on a calorie restricted diet didn’t lost as much weight as those subjects who got enough sleep each night. In one bit of research, those who got 6 hours of sleep lost less body fat than those who were getting over 8 hours of sleep per night. This isn’t the first time there’s been a link found between sleep and losing weight.
In 2010 research appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that dieters who slept badly lost less body fat than those who got enough sleep each night. Better quality sleep also helped women lose weight more successfully according to research that appears in the journal Obesity from a study earlier this year.
More and more it’s looking like sleep is critical for better weight loss, and perhaps a reduction in body fat. Not getting enough sleep is all too common in our 24/7 hyper connected, over scheduled world, which means you’ll have to make an extra effort to turn off the devices… to make your room a quiet, comfortable place… and to get to sleep at the same time each night, even on weekends, holidays and vacations.
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What’s The Latest Weight Loss Trend? Sleep Continued…
Being sleep deprived has you eating more because you just feel hungrier and hormones may be behind it all. Anyone who’s survived a sleepless night knows that it’s harder to restrict yourself… to resist temptation… to work out as you should when you’re tired. You just don’t have the energy to stick to your weight loss goals.
Recommendations for sleep vary, and while there is no set number for adults of children, most experts suggest you try from 7 to 9 hours a night and see how you feel. A pregnant woman needs more sleep due to the demands on her body. Children and teens also need more sleep than adults. And despite what you may think, older people continue to need just as much sleep as ever, but have more trouble getting uninterrupted sleep as the years pass.
Experts are coming to understand that the quality of your sleep has an impact on the quality of your waking hours. Enough quality sleep may also help you stick to that diet plan, workout regularly and keep your willpower at full steam.
To your good health,