Weight Gain Linked to Sleep Deprivation
Written by Carlo Badalamenti
Are you struggling with weight loss? Do you get a good night’s sleep? While these two problems might not seem related, recent studies reveal that they are. In fact, there have been many reports and studies on the lack of sleep, weight gain, and appetite. How this is possible? Here’s a look at whether weight gain is a symptom of not getting a good night’s sleep and what you can do about it.
Weight Gain and Sleep Loss
Is there a relationship between weight gain and sleep loss? Many say yes. There have been many papers published in recent years that suggest weight gain and sleep loss are indeed related. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a paper that suggested that even a single night of sleep loss can trigger a bigger appetite the next morning. If you suffer from sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, or insomnia, consider the impact of having a larger appetite nearly every single day.
Another study revealed that hormones are to blame. Yet another study on the relationship between sleep loss and weight gain revealed that people who ate late and went to bed later gained more weight than people who ate before 8:00 pm and bed to bed at a decent time.
Solutions for Better Rest
If you’re having trouble losing weight or maintaining your weight, consider whether your sleep has been affected. Do you stay up late and eat snacks after 8:00 p.m.? Are you having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? If you’ve said yes to any of these questions, it’s important to analyze the reasons you’re not getting a good night’s sleep.
There are many ways you can enhance the quality of your sleep at night. Two of the main reasons people don’t sleep well at night has to do with their mattress and pillows. If you have old or uncomfortable mattress and pillows, it’s time to purchase new ones. At The Foam Factory, we’re always approached by customers who complain about not getting a good night’s sleep. For this reason, they’re searching for a comfortable and supportive mattress. They also want something that is affordable, which is why they come to us for mattress foam, memory foam, or a mattress topper.
In addition to getting new pillows and mattresses, don’t eat after 8:00 pm and try to get to bed at a decent time. Not eating after dinner and getting to bed on time can both help with weight loss and avoid further weight gain.
Carlo Badalamenti is a staff member of The Foam Factory, an online retailer of quality foam products including seat cushions and custom foam cushions.