You´ve probably heard “Sleep is important for health” and that is 100% true. In fact it is actually as important with a good night rest as it is to eating healthy food and exercising in order to lose fat. People are sleeping less and less, and their sleep quality decreases.
In this blogpost I will share 5 reasons why a good night sleep is important for losing fat and for general health.
- Bad sleeping habits make you fat
Study shows that poor sleep is strongly connected to people gaining weight, (wrong kind of weight.) Deprived sleep is even marked as one of the biggest risk factors for obesity. One of the big studies done regarding poor sleep shows that children who suffer from bad sleeping habits were 89 percent likely to become obese and adults were 55 percent more likely. (Comment below if you would like to see the study)
If your goal is to shred of that extra fat, then make sure you get good quality sleep.
- People who sleep well tend to eat less calories
We know in order to lose weight, we need to eat fewer calories and this might just be what you´re missing, a good night sleep. People who are deprived of sleep have a bigger appetite and therefore tend to eat more calories than necessary. When you lack good sleep your leptin levels reduce, which is the hormone that suppresses appetite.
So if you want to lose weight, sleep more since that will make it easier during the day to control your caloric intake.
- Your athletic performance increases with good sleep
In a study done on basketball players showed that longer sleep led to significantly improvement in accuracy, speed, mental wellbeing and reaction times. Poor sleep will cause the opposite.
If you´re an athlete and want to improve your physical performance, then make sure you sleep good.
- Sleep improves your immune system
A big study done on people regarding sleep patterns and their immune system shows that those who slept less than 7 hours were almost three times more likely to get sick and develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours or more.
So if you´re getting sick often, then trying to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night could be very helpful when fighting the cold.
- Depression is linked to bad sleep.
Numerous mental health issues such as depression are connected to poor sleep and sleeping disorders. About 90 percent of people suffering from depression complain about their sleep, so no surprise there. Poor sleep can even be associated with increased risk of dead by suicide.
If you are sleeping poorly or suffering from sleeping disorders make sure you get in contact with a doctor if it doesn’t seem to go away.
Now you know how important a good night rest really is. No matter what your goal is, sleep is important. Specially for those performing physical activities and those who wish to lose some fat.