We live in a fast paced world and sometimes it seems that there isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything. Sleep often takes a back seat as many people don’t get the recommended 7 hours a night.
So why is it so important to sleep enough? Sleep plays vital role in…
- Weight loss
- Boosting immune system
- General health and wellbeing and much more…
How does insufficient sleep affect all these different areas? Lack of sleep triggers the imbalance of three different hormones.
- ↑ Ghrelin – known as the “hunger hormone” which is normally released before meals and decreases after meals.
- ↓ Leptin – known as the “stop eating hormone” tells the body when you are satisfied and is secreted after meals letting you know you are full
- ↑ Cortisol – known as the “stress hormone” which is released when you are stressed and stimulates appetite.
When the above hormones are imbalances this causes us not only to be more stressed, but to eat more than our body needs. Diabetes and weight gain is affected profoundly as people who sleep less not only grab sweet foods to perk themselves up but also have increased cravings for carbohydrates exceeding the amount the body needs.
So if you find that you average 4-5 hours of sleep finding that extra 2 hours to sleep will have a vast impact on your health and wellbeing. Whether you are diabetic, looking to lose weight or just want to boost your immune system and increase general health. Don’t put it off any longer your body will thank you for the extra rest! As a Registered Nutritionist I work with client providing counselling and advice as well as personalised nutrition plans. To find out more information on natural ways to help when you are having trouble sleeping simply CONTACT ME.
Anna Wojcik B.Sc., M.Sc., ANutr. www.nutritionalprofiling.com firstname.lastname@example.org