Today we’ll cut down to the last macro-factor that influences your weight, which is sleep.
There’s an entire mechanism responsible for your weight gain or loss. If you didn’t know by now, the pounds on the scale are not only influenced by your energy intake.
I’m sure that at least once in your life, you went through a couple of days or even weeks where you didn’t get enough rest.
As someone who had sleep problems for a long period of time, I can tell you: we barely realize how important is a good nights’ sleep, and we usually do it after we don’t get it anymore.
But what happens to your body when you’re sleep deprived?
The main reason we need to sleep is so that the brain can take a break and avoid overworking. If we sleep less than 8 hours a night (or less than 6 if you’re above 60 years old), the brain doesn’t manage to recover completely. Going like this for prolonged periods of time can lead to a lot of health conditions.
Nonetheless, just a couple of days are enough to give you an anxious or irritated mood or to make it harder for you to concentrate. Your vigilance decreases, you’re more forgetful… and it’s like you’re not really present to your surroundings. In a way, not getting enough sleep is similar to “going back to basics” concept.
Not to mention that prolonged sleep deprivation severely damages your:
- Central nervous system
- Immune system
- Respiratory system
- Digestive system
- Cardiovascular system
- Endocrine system
In the instincts vs. conscience battle, it’s the instincts who win.
That happens because the brain is not rested enough to act on it. Moreover, food and sleep have the same finality: to provide energy for your body.
Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll try to compensate with a larger appetite.
Studies showed that people who are sleep deprived have a 30% increased chance of becoming obese.
Therefore, get enough sleep, eat enough through the entire day, and your body will thank you for that!
Your health is in your hands!