Sleep and Weight Loss

by in Healthy Tips, January 30, 2012
sleep
Is sleep tied to a healthy weight?

After giving birth to three kids in less than 5 years, I never had much time to sleep. Like most folks, I savor those nights when I can get 6 or 7 hours of shuteye. Now numerous studies tell us that getting our zzz’s also helps with our weight loss efforts.

The Studies
A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that folks trying to shed at least 10 pounds were more likely to achieve their goal if they slept between 6 to 8 hours a night and had lower stress levels.

A 2004 study by the Stanford School of Medicine found that the less you sleep, the more weight you’ll gain. They found that not getting enough sleep leads to higher levels of appetite-stimulating hormones and lower levels of the hormones that tell us when we’re full. Furthermore, lack of sleep was associated with a higher body mass index (BMI).

There are also numerous theories that find sleepless nights can lead to weight gain. One theory says that when you’re tired, you become less physically active during the day which can lead to weight gain. A second theory says that when you’re sleep deprived you don’t care as much to make conscious food choices—which can lead you off your healthy eating plan.

Modeling Good Behavior
It’s not only about adults sleeping well. Modeling proper behavior to our children and enforcing proper bedtimes is important. Allowing kids to stay awake past their bedtimes in order to watch TV, play video games and raid the pantry can lead to terrible habits and result in weight problems.

Some important guidelines for parents to remember:

  • Turn off TV, video games and cell phones when it’s time for bed.
  • Create a routine about 30 minutes before bed to help soothe kids such as listening to quiet music, talking with them or reading.
  • Enforce bedtimes.
  • Model proper sleep behaviors to kids.

Bottom Line:
Getting enough shut ye is part of your overall healthy life. Adults should aim for 6 to 8 hours each night.

TELL US: Do you get enough sleep every night?

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

More posts from .

Similar Posts

Countdown to New Year’s: No-Resolutions Resolution Week 4

For the fourth week of our No-Resolutions Resolution game plan, let’s get serious about snacking, a habit that often gets a bad rap. But it’s actu...

Comments (48)

  1. […] Across Canada: Banff and Lake Louise! News from U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) !Sleep and Weight Loss Sleep Deprivationgoogle_ad_client = "ca-pub-8325370154533327"; /* sleep cluster – 728×15 */ […]

  2. Rachel says:

    That is true ……. more sleep lets you lose weight . earlier i wonder how is this possible . but now researchers have come up with several theories on it. really…. astonishing….
    thanks for providing more insight into it………..:)

  3. ginger says:

    the more sleep you get, the less time you have to be awake and crave food…thats a given :-P

  4. […] “GAP”Common sense 11 Proven weight loss tips » The Next Level“GAP”Common sense 11 Proven weight loss tips » The Next LevelFast Food Cause Kids Have Low IQHow Ur Favorite Celebs Are DoingProbiotics may help ward off postpartum obesitySleep and Weight Loss […]

  5. […] Inspired Fit Strong – Intermittent Fasting: The Consecutive “Home Run” in Teodor Dimitrov’s CareerSleep and Weight Loss […]

  6. […] Fitness Blog – Project 18% Body FatUltra Beginners Fitness Guide — Skinny Emmie Weight Loss BlogSleep and Weight Loss var analyticsFileTypes = ['']; var analyticsEventTracking = 'enabled'; var _gaq = _gaq || []; […]

  7. […] vulnerability during weight lossWeight Loss Food Addiction. 90% Comm For 10 Or More Sales Per WeekSleep and Weight Loss/* —————————————————————— ———- BASE LAYOUT […]

  8. […] free fat loss the hcg weight loss diet plan is one of better methods to drop right awayGrass-Fed Beef and Austrian EconomicsHelp Guide A Complete Lean Meats DetoxWhy It’s Unsafe To Self-Prescribe On Weight Loss Based On Internet SourcesWeight Loss Motivation Bible brings an updateLearn Powerful Weight Loss Strategies To Look Your Best5 Reasons to include nutritious BERRIES in your dietSkinny MuttloafTampa Weight Loss ResourcesSleep and Weight Loss […]

  9. Mike Carmo says:

    Thorn of Girl…

    Superb details is usually found on this website blog….

  10. gutrekilop says:

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>