Are you getting enough sleep?
During the current quarantine period, it’s reasonable for your sleep schedule to be off.
Did you know there is a strong link between weight gain and limited sleep?
Those who have chronic sleep problems could gain weight.
Yes, those who burn the midnight night oil are also more prone to weight gain.
Research says, children and adults who get less sleep tend to gain weight compared to those who do get enough sleep.
What If We Don’t Get Enough Sleep?
Various studies have shown those individuals who don’t get enough sleep
- Have increased levels of the hunger hormone called ghrelin. It becomes one of the main reasons for overeating and, ultimately, weight gain.
- Increased late-night snack cravings.
Women Are More Prone to Weight Gain
According to a professor of medical sciences, women are more prone to sleep deprivation throughout their life span. The reason is, they have many responsibilities to perform as a wife and a mother.
According to the latest 2020 study, those women who follow poor sleep patterns and tend to overeat are at the risk of having increased chances of heart disease and obesity.
Sleep Need Varies By Age
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the amount of sleep that a human body need varies by age.
For instance— an infant at 4-to-12-month-olds may need about 12-16 hours of sleep, including regular naps. A teen may require 8-to-10 hours of sleep. The average adult sleep span should be seven or more hours per day.
Ways to Improve Your Sleep
- When it’s time to sleep, turn off all lights in your room. There should be no distractions. Darkness will promote the release of sleep hormone— Melatonin.
- Shut down all devices, like computer, TV, cell phone at least an hour before hitting your bedroom.
- Don’t let the next morning responsibilities enter your room, create a good bedtime ritual. Bedtime should never be the time to tackle the issues.
- Follow your sleep schedule, wake up, and sleep at the same times every day.
- Watch your eating patterns. Avoid alcohol consumption and eating junk foods close to bedtime.
It’s necessary to get enough sleep to prevent chronic health problems and to avoid weight gain. Eat healthy food, take proper rest, and do your best to reduce stress.