Want to lose weight? Get more sleep! Well, that’s not all you have to do, but according to researchers at Columbia University, people who sleep less than seven hours per night are heavier and have a harder time losing weight!
So, how can sleep affect your efforts to get into a good shape?
When you sleep less than seven hours, your body produces excess amounts of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which are known as hunger-causing hormones. You could be more likely to overeat, while at the same time be less satisfied afterward.
Not getting enough sleep can make people more stressed out, so it’s really hard to control your appetite and stick to healthy habits, such as going to the gym or jogging.
Lack of sleep also makes people crave unhealthy food, such as sugary and salty food.
So, getting more sleep will help you stick to a healthy routine, feel full of energy so you don’t skip exercises, and keep stress and hunger causing hormones under control.
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But that’s not all! Do you know that your body burns calories while you sleep? During the seven to nine hours of sleep, experts say you should get each night, your body burns 266 to 342 calories.
If you are struggling with insomnia, we suggest you minimize your exposure to blue light before going to bed. That means limiting the time you spend in front of the TV, your phone or your computer because digital screens emit blue light that can cause many health problems, including insomnia, headaches, and eye strain. But if you find it hard to resist checking your Instagram or watching Netflix before going to bed, try wearing stylish blue light blocking glasses.
That said, blue light blocking glasses can help you feel better and keep fit!
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