Sleep More, Weigh Less?

October 29, 2010 by Kathy Nellor

If you are like me, getting 8 hours of sleep in a night would be a wonderful miracle. Sleep -- it’s something we all want more of but with our busy lives and numerous responsibilities, we sometimes just don’t get enough. We all have our reasons, kids, stress, work and home responsibilities, etc.

I just read about a couple of good reasons to get your eight hours of shut-eye each night. According to a researcher from the University of Michigan, sleeping an extra hour a night could help you drop 14 pounds in a year. You’re probably thinking, “Seriously, how can that happen?” What he did is run the numbers for a 2,500 calorie per day intake diet. His scenario shows that when sleep replaces idle activities – and the usual mindless snacking – you can cut calories by 6%. Results would vary for each person.

But here’s the second and probably most important way that sleep can help you weigh less. There’s evidence that getting too little sleep revs up your appetite, making you uncommonly hungry. It’s our body’s natural response to be being tired. Look at this way. If your car is running low on gas - -what do you do? You fill it with gas. So what do you think our bodies tell us when we are running low on energy?Put more fuel (food) in me!! So start today and make a goal to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.

Challenge yourself and your friends to take this month long challenge, Get Plenty of Sleep and Rest, and let me know how it goes.

Tags:  sleep, rest, weight loss, challenge