There are new studies out there that show increased connections between metabolism, sleep, appetite and how you lose weight. This might be the only time you hear that being completely still will help you lose weight. Some of the extra weight that you have put on may be due to you not getting enough sleep. When you do not get enough sleep you tend to be hungrier, your body can't process sugars properly and your blood pressure tends to climb. 

How Sleep Effects Your Weight

  • Hormones Have you ever heard of ghrelin? It is a hormone that accompanies leptin. They are considered your hunger hormones. When you sleep less than 6 hours at night your body tends to produce more ghrelin, which is the appetite enhancer of the pair. Leptin is then reduced, which is what help controls your feelings of being full. Sleep is also found to affect the levels of hormone cortisol in our blood. If you get less sleep, you may produce more. Higher levels of cortisol can lower your metabolism. Therefore, not getting the sleep your body needs can actually turn three very important hormones against you.
  • Genetics There is a chance that you are genetically predisposed to being overweight. If that is the case, it does not mean that you have to settle for a few extra pounds. Getting sufficient sleep can suppress your body's genetic influences. People vary in their sleep requirements. Some need more and some need less. The only way to know how much sleep you need is to let your body fall asleep and wake up on it's own.


Having the right sleep tools is a great place to start in order to achieve the sleep that you need to help shed those extra pounds. A memory foam mattress will cradle your body at night, reducing pressure points and alleviating aches and pains. This will allow you to wake up energized and ready for the day. The right pillows also play a large role in proper body function. Memory foam pillows help to position your neck properly during sleep, helping you to avoid kinks or knots in your neck that will effect you during the day.

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