Losing weight can be a long and difficult journey. The human body puts on weight faster than it loses it. For some people, losing weight can be even more challenging due to certain habits or an unhealthy lifestyle. Not many people are aware that simple things, such as poor sleeping habits, staying up late at night using electronic devices, working irregular shift hours, can have an impact on your physical health and slow down your metabolism. As a result, they lose weight slower than people with good sleep schedules and a healthy lifestyle.
Sleep Deprivation and Obesity
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, people who slept less than 5 hours per night have a 15% higher risk of becoming obese compare to people who sleep 7 hours or more. People who don’t get enough sleep also have a higher risk of gaining weight and have trouble losing weight.
The connection between metabolism and the lack of sleep has been studied in depth by scientists. A study by the University of Colorado found that participants who slept for 5 hours or less gained an average of 2 pounds in just a week.
Not Getting Enough Sleep Affects Hormone Production in The Body
Sleep, or lack thereof, changes the metabolism by causing irregular hormone production in the body. Our body produces a hormone called leptin to encourage the body to expend energy and suppress appetite. Sleep deprivation causes the body to reduce leptin production, which triggers feelings of hunger. As a result, people who sleep less eat more due to a lack of hormone leptin.
Lack of Sleep Can Create Intense Cravings
Lack of sleep means your body has less time to relax, rejuvenate, and replenish the energy levels for the next day. As a result, your energy levels deplete more quickly throughout the day, and your body starts craving sugar and caffeine to keep up the energy levels. People who are sleep deprived are more likely to be impulsive and give in to unhealthy cravings, which prevents them from losing weight quickly.
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