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Reasons bad sleep can make you gain weight

Sleep loss that has become habitual can lead to weight gain. Grehlin is produced while we sleep and the lack of adequate sleep can disturb the balance of the hormone, leading to an overstimulation of ghrelin.

Weight Management By Himanshu Sharma / Oct 18, 2014

How Sleep affects Weight?

Sleep has an important role in normal physiological functioning. Sleep loss that has become habitual can lead to weight gain. Grehlin is produced while we sleep and a lack of adequate sleep disturbs the balance, leading to an overstimulation of ghrelin. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Sleeping with Lights On

One of the key factors regulating sleep and biological clocks is exposure to light or to darkness. A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that exposure to even a small amount of light not only affects quality of sleep, but can also make one put on extra pounds. Always make sure to close the blinds and use dark drapes so that there is no light to disturb you. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Eating Right before Bedtime

A good night's sleep comes down to many things, including diet. When you eat the right foods, the cool-down process of the body happens smoothly. On the other hand, eating late-night meals and snacks can disrupt the process. Make sure you don’t stay up for more than 3 hours after night-time meal. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Late Night Exercise

Exercise and physical activity is elementary to health and wellness, and also weight management. However, high impact exercises – like cardio – should be avoiding at night as they can interfere with your sleep. These raise your body temperature and prevent the release of hormones. This makes it difficult for you to get sound sleep and contributes to weight gain. Do light stretching and yoga in the evening. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Sleeping Clothes

What you wear to bed may interfere with your sleep, especially if it is tightly fitting it is tightly fitting. Form-fitting clothing, including underwear and bras, ups the body temperature to reduce the secretion of melatonin, keeping you from sleeping well. When you don't get a good night's sleep, you end up gaining pounds. Make sure you wear clothes that are loose and breathable. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Staying Up Too Late

It is fine to stay up for a day to finish your assignment. Don’t make it a habit as it can make you gain weight. There are two reasons behind this – not getting enough sleep and eating more. Both of these reasons can increase your weight. Make sure that you put yourself to bed by 11 p.m. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Keeping your Bedroom too Warm

The body cools down when you are asleep, releasing fat-burning hormones and repairing your skin, bones and muscles. A room temperature that is too warm can disrupt the cooling process of the body. Always make sure your room is cool. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Not Getting Enough Sleep

You aren’t a kid anymore, but you still need a scheduled bedtime. Healthcare experts agree that seven to eight hours of sleep is ideal for adults while children need one to two hours more. A lack of sleep increases the hunger hormone (cortisol) and decreases growth hormones (serotonin and leptin) putting you at risk of weight gain. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


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