Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Sleep Factor
Yes, that's me and my kittybutt Shamrock passed out on our old couch a while back. Cats can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Can you imagine!? Unfortunately we cannot do this. I'm sure there are many of us that DO wish we could do that. Then again, I'm glad we can't otherwise we'd miss out on so much of our life! Like the old saying goes.. "You can sleep all you want when you're dead!!"
Sleep is an important factor in maintaining and losing weight. I've always been a bit of an insomniac, so I've learned to get by on less sleep than what I should be getting, and I know it's inhibited my weight loss. There's also the flip side to that too... getting TOO much sleep. Let my girl crush explain...
Are You Getting Too Much Sleep?
by Jillian Michaels
Are you one of those people who likes to brag that you get by on very little sleep? Or do you love to sleep the day away? I've told you before that too little sleep can mess up your weigh-loss efforts, but did you also know that when you sleep too much, your metabolism can also be negatively affected too?
If you sleep 10 hours a night, you might face some of the same hormonal risks as those who sleep too little. A recent Canadian study found that people who sleep fewer than seven hours or more than nine hours weigh an average of four more pounds (and had wider waists) than people who sleep eight hours every night. Researchers believe that having too much or too little sleep interferes with your ability to control your appetite, because it simultaneously increases hunger hormone ghrelin while it decreases satisfaction hormone leptin.
Want to be sure you are getting all the benefits of a good night sleep? Get your rest! Shoot for a consistent eight hours of sleep and stick with the same bed time and wake-up time each day — even on the weekends!
Interesting eh? I usually don't sleep in on the weekends anyway. Never really could. I should probably start setting a bedtime for myself. Working out helps me sleep a full eight too. There are so many suggestions on the net on how to get to sleep better, quicker, deeper. Find what works for you, and try to stick to a routine! Have a good one y'all!! Happy Hump Day!