How have you been sleeping these past few weeks?
Have you ever thought – what does sleep have to do with my body fat levels?
In this blog I want to talk about:
**how sleep affects hormones – and how hormones affect body fat**
In our modern world we see sleep as ‘lazy’ or ‘unproductive’ or something that gets in the way of our achievement. Have you ever resented sleep?
When in fact – sleep is the very thing that ties your body to the natural rhythm of the sun which is critical for good health.
You may have heard of ‘circadian rhythm’? This topic won a Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 2017.
Sleep is the anchor that tunes our body into sleep mode where healing takes place and day time energy mode which is connected to the sun. This is our circadian rhythm.
You de-frag, clean, repair and heal damaged parts of your body during sleep as your body is in full on energy production, function and performance mode during the day.
Your hormones (cortisol, leptin and ghrelin) get balanced when you sleep. If you experience poor quality sleep you fall into the realm of sleep deprivation which affects these hormones and hence your body fat levels over time.
Here’s what happens:
-cortisol rises – your body sees poor sleeping as a stress.
-your appetite hormones leptin and ghrelin get out of balance. This means you have a higher drive to eat more and your full signal doesn’t work so well.
-leptin, ghrelin and cortisol all trigger insulin release which is a fat storing hormone.
Bottom line: Not enough sleep = stress to your body.
Here’s a few tips to get your started on this journey:
-I’ve created a 1 page cheat sheet giving you 5 tips to get more sleep.
I hope you like the video and you find the cheat sheet helpful. Leave a comment below and tell me what you think ?
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