Sleep Management: Lack of Sleep can Add to your Body Weight

Updated at: May 17, 2018
Sleep Management: Lack of Sleep can Add to your Body Weight

Lack of proper sleep can give birth to numerous health troubles and one of them is weight gain. Here we tell you how reduction in sleeping hours can add to your body weight.

Vasudha Bhat
Mental HealthWritten by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Oct 10, 2017

Your relationship with sleep might not be a cordial one. Many conditions have a role to play in pushing you away from having a sound sleep. However, that must not happen for long because the longer this habit stays, the fatter you will get.

Each time your body needed sleep and your work demanded attention, there was a miserable story cooking up for your health. Every time you grabbed a cup of cappuccino to keep going through the day without feeling sleepy, your body was being pushed towards becoming excessively bulky.

So, how does the damage really occur? Here is the answer.

Brain becomes Sleepy

When you skip sleep, your brain becomes sleepy and starts making bad decisions. Sleeplessness results in the slowing down of activity in brain’s frontal lobe, which is the center of decision-making and impulse control. When your brain gets pushed to its limits, it starts looking for a reward in the form of food. Despite resisting a second serving of your favourite dish for hours as soon as the brain feels tired, your diet regime goes with the wind.

Hunger Hormones

Sleep works as a nutritional diet for the brain. Our body requires at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep and if you get less than that your body will start reacting negatively. Lack of proper sleep hours impacts hunger and fullness hormones called ghrelin and leptin. Therefore, sleep deprivation can lead to overeating and eventually, weight gain.

Tips for Better Sleep

  • Being surrounded by all your screens (television, mobile phone, laptop and tablets) makes you want to stay up a little longer. The problem is right in front of the eyes. So, get the basics straight
  • Shut down your computer, cell phone, and television at least an hour before you head for the bed
  • Save your bedroom time for relaxing activities rather than for work or entertainment
  • Have bedtime habits, like taking a warm water baths, meditation or reading
  • Have a set waking and sleeping schedule. Even on weekends go to bed early and wake up on the same time
  • Keep a watch on your diet. Stay away from heavy meals or alcohol before bedtime. Soda, coffee and chocolate must be avoided after 2 p.m. because caffeine can stay in your body for at least 5-6 hours
  • Turn off the lights in your bedroom. Dark surroundings release natural sleep hormone melatonin, which helps you fall asleep

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