Today we are going to talk about something that we all need but probably don’t get enough of- SLEEP. Studies have shown that when people do not get enough sleep they:
• Have increased levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, and decreased levels of the fullness hormone, leptin, which can lead to overeating and weight gain
• Consume about 300 calories a day more than when they are well-rested
• Snack more and do less physical activity
• Eat more than what is needed to cover the energy cost of staying awake longer, especially at night
According to Eve Van Cauter, director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago, who has spent 15 years researching the topic, “Another recent discovery is that not getting enough sleep reduces fat cells’ ability to respond properly to the hormone insulin, which is crucial for regulating energy storage and usage.”
Having a nightly sleep routine is important to your overall wellness. Here are a few tips to help ensure you get a good night’s sleep:
• Stop drinking caffeine 6 hours before bed
• Exercising? Make sure you finish up 2 hours before bed
• Make sure you finish up any work or studying at least 1 hour before bed
• Turn off electronics 1 hour before bed. Read a book instead!
Establishing and sticking to a routine while following these steps will help to relax and calm you down so you are able to get a good night’s rest and wake up refreshed and ready for your day!