Trying to lose weight? Chances are you’re already keeping track of what you’re eating and how much activity you get each day. You may also be keyed in on drinking more water, reducing stress, and taking supportive supplements. But in the long checklist of things you’re tracking, have you considered adding sleep? Research continues to prove that not getting enough sleep can contribute to weight gain because of how it impacts hormone balance. Dr. Hyman explores the concept, the research, and a case study in his engaging article on the topic:
“It’s all about the hormones… Your body has a finely tuned appetite control system that is governed by certain hormones. These hormones are affected by sleep. One group of researchers has found that depriving healthy men of sleep leads to increases in grehlin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry, and decreases in leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full.”
Getting your appetite… and waistline… back under control may start with adding more sleep into your diet. If you struggle with falling or staying asleep, check in with your doctor at Lake Pointe for solutions to help get you back on track.