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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Gain Weight?

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Are Your Sleep Habits Making You Gain Weight?

Sleep is actually pretty weird if you think about it. It’s something that you’ve done all your life, so you’re used to it and probably don’t think too hard about what it does for you. But did you know that sleep can affect your weight?

In fact, you were born knowing that your body needs sleep and knowing exactly how to get it. It’s like the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. But unlike the the sun thing, scientists really don’t have an absolute answer for why we need sleep. While scientists haven’t come to a final conclusion, we’ve all had enough personal experience to agree that getting a good night’s sleep makes just about everything in life better.

Getting the right amount of zzzs each night is hugely important for your health. Too little or too much sleep can be a recipe for disaster. There are 3 big reasons why you should make sleep a priority:

1. You Need Your Beauty Sleep.

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Beauty sleep isn’t the exclusive privilege of Disney princesses and English royalty. In fact, it’s one of the simplest ways for the average everyday superwoman to look and feel her best. USA Today even suggests that women need more sleep than men. And while getting enough sleep won’t magically change the way you look overnight, there are several proven benefits that show the relationship of sleep to health and beauty.

Dr. Oz’s number one secret to better looking skin is, you guessed it, sleep!

2. You Want To Prevent Weight Gain.

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The bad news? Not getting enough sleep has been linked to weight gain.

The good news? You can control your sleep schedule. It takes hard work and discipline, but when you conquer your sleep schedule, you set yourself on the path towards weight loss.

According to the Mayo Clinic, sleeping too much or too little (under 5 or over 9 hours) has also been linked to weight gain. The length of your sleep affects hunger-related hormones and increases your appetite. And it gets worse: the more sleep-deprived you are, the more health problems you might have. Sleep loss has been linked to:

  • Obesity.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Depression.
  • Heart attacks.
  • Strokes.

Nothing like a laundry list of health problems to make you think twice about your sleep schedule!

Getting too little sleep can also result in junk food cravings. A study from UC Berkeley study found that people were more likely to eat unhealthy snacks and junk foods when they were deprived of adequate sleep.

Matthew Walker, author of the study, said, “Getting enough sleep is one factor that can help promote weight control by priming the brain mechanisms governing appropriate food choices.”

IdealShape products make it easy to make appropriate food choices. Every delicious meal replacement shake contains Slendesta, which works with your brain mechanisms to suppress hunger. And when you follow the IdealPlan, appropriate food choices become super easy.

3. You Want to Maintain Your Mental Health.

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There are a myriad of disorders linked with sleep deprivation, but scientists are beginning to find that even basic cognitive intelligence can be heavily linked to your sleeping patterns. According to a Harvard Mental Health letter, “Sleep problems may increase risk for developing particular mental illnesses… [and] treating the sleep disorder may help alleviate symptoms of the mental health problem.” Studies in adults and children found that sleep problems, “may raise risk for, and even directly contribute to, the development of some psychiatric disorders.” The Harvard letter goes on to discuss the link between interrupted sleep and the following mental illnesses/issues:

  • Depression.
  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Anxiety.
  • ADHD.

But it’s not all bad news! Better sleep is also linked to better mental health. As reported by the Huffington Post, “Several studies have shown that healthy sleep habits are linked to better cognition, alertness, and emotional well-being.”

Final Wake Up Call

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Sleep sure can be a weird thing, and scientists are still discovering how it benefits you.

The bottom line is that everyone needs sleep.

Without it, your mind and body can’t work together to make the best version of you. With it, you’re much more likely to lose weight. So tonight, when the sun sets in the west, make sleep your top priority. And tomorrow, when the sun rises in the east (hopefully 7-9 hours after you went to sleep!), take a minute to appreciate just how good you feel, and realize that as a well-rested average everyday superwoman, you are pretty much unstoppable!

Changing your sleep habits can help you change your diet. IdealPlan will help you be on your way to weight loss success in no time at all.

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Becca Mathis

Becca Mathis

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