The Importance Of Getting Good Quality Sleep For Weight Loss
To some, losing weight might seem like a long journey. And in order to get there, one would need to exercise regularly on top of eating healthily.
But one factor you should never overlook is getting sufficient sleep each night, which is something most Singaporeans don’t seem to be getting. Based on the data garnered by Fitbit, Singapore is the third most sleep-deprived country, with an average of 7 hours 5 minutes sleep each night.
So, if you’ve been wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, here are three main reasons why you should strive to have an adequate amount of sleep each night.
1. Poor sleep can lead to an increase in appetite
Not sleeping enough can compromise your dieting efforts by disrupting the balance of ghrelin and leptin, which are hormones responsible for your appetite. While ghrelin gives you the signal to eat, the latter indicates when you should stop eating.
Ghrelin levels decrease at night since your body does not need a lot of energy when you’re sleeping. Meanwhile, levels of leptin will increase to minimise your hunger signals. But if you lack sleep, you might end up with too much ghrelin in your system, which could fool your body into eating more. Simultaneously, the drop in leptin levels can leave you feeling hungrier. As a result, you could end up gaining weight.
2. A decrease in sleep can heighten stress levels
Sleep deprivation might trigger the body to produce more stress hormones, also known as cortisol. Not only does it trigger stress-related weight gain, but it also whets your cravings. Think about it, anytime you feel stressed, have you ever craved for anything sweet or greasy to indulge in? More than often, these cravings won’t leave you alone unless you’ve satisfied your cravings.
3. Sleep deprivation slows down metabolism
Have you ever wondered how someone can eat so much food without gaining weight? It could be due to their high metabolic rate! And attaining a higher metabolism relies on your high muscle mass as well, making exercise an integral part of weight loss. This is because when we move and sweat through working out, our muscles will sustain little tears, which triggers them to repair itself. By doing so, it’ll eventually increase your muscle mass which also boosts metabolism.
There’s a catch! For your muscles to self-repair, you’d need at least seven hours of sleep each night. Suppose you commit to a weight loss program, without factoring in sleep into the mix. In that case, you might end up getting average results despite the maximum effort.
Get the most out of your weight loss journey
Achieving a healthy weight revolves around healthy eating and regular movement. But sometimes, it’s not as simple as it seems. For instance, you desire to move and sleep more, but it might seem out of reach – and there’s a valid reason for it! In a day, you’re simultaneously trying to live your life, while exercising or working in between that you might forget to even sleep enough. Or maybe, you might not realise how essential sleep is in your fitness efforts.
But that’s not to say that you still can’t lose weight! In fact, you can consider embarking on an alternative weight loss journey through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). At Slim Couture, our TCM slimming treatments make use of healthy and safe techniques to help you achieve your desired weight.