In overcoming obesity, you will soon think of more sports and healthier food. But did you know that your sleep pattern can also have a big influence on your weight? Sleep problemsincrease the risk of overweight (and vice versa!). Wondering how this can be?
More chance of overweight due to sleep problems
In case of sleeping problems or sleep deprivation , the chance of being overwhelmed increases. Poor sleep causes more hunger feeling (short-term). And if you’re hungry, you’ll soon get more food (and often worse food), giving you the chance to get up sooner.
Overweight and sleep problems act like a kind of vicious circle . An obese person also increases the risk of sleep problems like sleep apnea . An obese person also has excess fat in his or her respiratory tract, which can lead to snoring and sleep apnea – which is associated with sleep disorders . And so the circle goes round. So if you want to lose weight, it’s also wise to look at your sleep behavior. This way you can get the first link out of the circle and eventually break it.
Lose weight? Keep an eye on your sleeping pattern!
Why you can get fat of sleep
If you sleep badly, you are more likely to feel hungry and grab you faster to sweet and fat bite. But how does this work?
Bad sleep makes your body more of the hormone ghrelin, the hormone that causes you to pull. On the other hand, it reduces less of the hormone leptin, the hormone that says you are full. Because of this you often have a feeling of hunger, without being fast enough, so you will eat more. A good night’s rest ensures balance between these two hormones.
Insulin causes the blood sugar level to have a normal level in the body. Poor sleep causes the body to be less sensitive to insulin. This increases the blood sugar level and requires more insulin for your body to get it stable again. The production of insulin is promoted by carbohydrates and sugars where your body is more in need. The glucose that comes into the cells is used or used for the moment of activity – OR – if not used is stored as “reserve” for later use (reserve = body fat).
Sleeping badly affects your metabolism. It’s getting slower, so your body can burn less calories.
You are going to eat more
You often feel tired and futile after a bad night. As a result, you need more energy and you get more food to get that energy – mainly large portions and lots of carbohydrates and sugars.
Sleep problems and overweight are clearly related. Poor sleep causes increased risk of overweight, and overweight can cause or strengthen sleep problems. This allows you to get into a vicious circle or a downward spiral where both problems are getting bigger.
Check it out. Of course, it also works the other way around! Better sleep helps you to lose weight easier. Losses make it easier for you to sleep better, so you can easily fall off and so on. Niels Bosman (author of the popular Carbohydrate 50 Days Program ) has written an interesting guest blog about the relationship between sleep and weight loss .
Do you have weight and want to do something about it? Of course, healthy food and sufficient movement are necessary, but do not lose sight of the fact that more factors are affected. Sufficient relaxation (less stress) and sufficient sleep are factors that also play an important role.