Many people who feel that working out and eating right is sufficient to get them to their ideal weight goal are disappointed when they struggle to get rid of their last 5 to 10lbs of excess weight. Truth be told, although exercise and nutrition are vitality important in the battle to lose weight, sleep is also of utmost importance. Not getting enough good quality sleep will affect your metabolism.
On average, humans need approximately 7.5 to 9 hours of sound sleep each night. If for example, you are someone who sleeps for four to five hours during the night and you begin to get a sound 8 hours of sleep each night you can expect to see a positive change in your weight.
It is important to remember that our deepest and most regenerative sleep happens between 10:00pm and 2:00am. This allows the body to effectively regenerate and remove the effects of free radicals produced by our bodies during the day.
When we sleep Growth Hormone (GH) as the name says causes things to grow. For example, GH through different mechanisms:
• Increases lipolysis (decreases fat)
• Reduces the liver’s uptake of glucose and enhances the formation of new glucose (gluconeogenesis)
• Increases protein synthesis
Having your GH levels at optimal levels will ensure an ideal body composition, bone health and physical well-being. Deep and adequate sleep are important, to encourage the production of Growth Hormone. Things that decrease growth hormone include chronic stress, poor sleep and inadequate amounts of sleep, and high blood sugar levels.
If you are still struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep during the night there are several natural supplements to support a better night’s rest. Products such as: Ortho sleep, GABA, Melatonin, Benosom, Veeva Stress, Magnesium, Rescue Sleep, ZMA, depending on the specific issue can offer the benefit of restorative sleep. To find out which product may be right for you visit Health on Main where our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you in choosing a product better suited for your individual need(s).
So there you have it, if you are struggling to lose those last 5 to 10 pounds, go to bed earlier and aim to get 7.5 to 9 hours of deep restful sleep and see those last stubborn pounds disappear. If you need additional support please visit Health on Main. We are here to help.