I didn’t realize how important sleep is until recently. Sure, you can make it through the day with suboptimal sleep, but if you are wanting to show up as the best version of yourself and optimize your day, you’ll need to prioritize sleep.
I would say having good sleep is the most important pillar to focus on with weight loss. If you can get your sleep right, you will have fewer food cravings and make better food decisions the next day. Sleep also regulates your hunger hormones and speeds up your metabolism. Have you noticed when you have poor sleep, you are craving sweets and carb-y foods? Studies have shown that people sleeping 4-5 hours a night will eat an extra 400 calories a day.
Poor sleep also reduces insulin sensitivity leading to poor glucose control. Your body perceives this sleep-deprived state as stress and will keep weight on our bodies. You wake up more tired and less likely to be active during the day.
Aside from helping with weight loss, sleep also improves our brain health and mood. Who else has blamed poor sleep for their not-so-great moods?! 🙋♀️
Ideally, we should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Of course, everyone is different and some may feel rested with more or less. I aim to get 8 hours, however do well with 7 to 7.5 hours.
Here are some tips to optimize your sleep: