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Why is sleep an important factor during weight loss?

I get on average 3 hours sleep a night, I’ve programmed my body badly but I can live on that fine. But I’ve heard we need at least 8 hours sleep per night – what a waste of a day!! I like to make the most out of my 24 hours, but I’m trying to lose some weight now, is it really important to get lots of sleep to help with weight loss?

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9 Responses to “Why is sleep an important factor during weight loss?”

  1. myd1ckneedslicked said :

    do you spend the other 21 hours eating
    the nore you sleep this less time you have to stuff your fat face make sence hayyyy

  2. huggywell said :

    You may find that you have not got the energy to keep going so long if you are cutting down on calories so you may just have to get used to “wasting” a little more of your day sleeping! …;

  3. loligo1 said :

    Leptin and ghrelin work in a kind of “checks and balances” system to control feelings of hunger and fullness, explains Michael Breus, PhD, a faculty member of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and director of The Sleep Disorders Centers of Southeastern Lung Care in Atlanta. Ghrelin, which is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, stimulates appetite, while leptin, produced in fat cells, sends a signal to the brain when you are full.

    So what’s the connection to sleep? “When you don’t get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food,” Breus tells WebMD.

    The two combined, he says, can set the stage for overeating, which in turn may lead to weight gain.

    Studies: Those Who Sleep Less Often Weigh More

  4. downpilot said :

    Yes I think that sleeping enough can help with keeping your weight down. The more sleep you get the more energy you have stored, the less you need to refuel. I think its that simple. When you feel awake you are more active and motivated where as if you wake up tired, often that can make you feel sluggish and so will your eating habits be…3 hours is not enough sleep in my opinion, your life isn’t wasted sleeping, not if you have good dreams!

  5. mooka said :

    whilst sleeping you burn off calories, your brain is still functioning and burning calories at the same time, you need a break ready for a new day otherwise you will be eating at 3 in the morning and finding yourself nibbling at all the wrong times. you need a good sleeping pattern for your body and brain to function correctly. including calorie burning.

  6. marie m said :

    3 hours is very little. I get by on 5 hours, which is fine for me; I feel as you do – the day isn’t long enough to get it all done!!
    Sleep helps your body to repair tissue damage, but if you are trying to lose weight, it’s recommended that you try and get about 6 – 8 hours; the reason for this is that your kidneys break down waste matter more efficiently when your body and brain are at rest, ie, when you are asleep. Sleep improves the flow of blood through the body too, helping to eliminate waste products.
    I know it’s very individual, but three hours sleep is not enough to allow your body to recover; maybe your weight gain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down??

  7. Diana M said :

    im not sure if this helps but here goes: if you’re loosing weight by exercising,running, etc., you need to get plenty of sleep to get the energy you need and for concentrating/focus- three hours are not enough.Also,at night your stomach works on the food you ate that day (so I’ve heard) and maybe you have seen the add on t.v with Pampers where it says that your tummy “shrinks” by 3 cm at night, that’s because you don’t eat while you sleep, and I think that’s why your stomach rumbles(if that’s the word!) in the morning-because you don’t have any food in you because of your stomach digesting at night!food (obviously) provides you with energy but if you are on a diet to lose weight you won’t have as much energy and you’ll feel more tired so you need to sleep to get your energy. Well I hope that helped in someway!(I’m not sure if it’s what you’re looking for,but I’m only 14!)

  8. kb1 said :

    when you sleep, you burn off calories. Although some people don’t need a full 8 hours sleep, i expect it’s not all that good for you to just have 3. Plus, if you sleep more, you’ll have more energy to exercise and burn off even more calories!

  9. fatz said :

    i read in an article somewhere that people who sleep less than 7 hours a day are more likely to be obese than those who sleep more. im not really sure of why.


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