Women over 40: How would you like to Lose Weight Permanently While You’re Sleeping?
Too many women over 40 are stressed out and do not get enough sleep. Does sleep affect your ability to lose weight permanently?
Sometimes statistics can give food for thought… Scientists find increasingly more links between the amount of sleep a person gets and his risk to be overweight. Anything below 7 hours sleeping time per day increases the risk of being overweight. At 6 hours per day the risk is 23% higher.
This might seem odd, because when we are sleeping we burn fewer calories. But, first of all, it’s not that much: Only 50 calories per hour. And: There is a natural process in place prohibiting us from waking up because we are hungry. In order to sleep many hours continously the body releases Leptin. And Leptin reduces appetite. So while you are sleeping you have less appetite and you are not tempted to eat.
If you didn’t get enough sleep and you are tired your body releases Ghrelin. Ghrelin makes you hungry. And, not only that you are hungrier, when you sleep less you have more time to eat too. Since you are easier challenged emotionally when stressed out, the temptation to get some “comfort food” increases.
While we are sleeping the body repairs itself. Fat burning hormones are released (e. g. Somatropin) and these hormones will help build muscle and make the skin firmer. Sleep is good for your beauty!
What can you do to help these hormones so they can repair your body efficiently?
- Eat light in the evening, and have enough protein.
- Don’t eat too late- give your body an opportunity to decrease the blood sugar and insulin level.
- Don’t drink alcohol before going to bed: You might think alcohol causes you to sleep more deeply. That’s not true: alcohol reduces the time spent in deep sleep phases.
- Regular exercise and fresh air will make you sleep deeper
Sleep is an important component to lose weight over 40. If you aim for long-term weight loss, you’ll need to get enough sleep. That’s particularly important for women over 40- over 40 the bodies natural fat-burning mechanisms are reduced.
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