It’s not necessarily the sleeping that causes the weight loss, but rather the behaviour that follows it. When your sleep is interrupted your body is more likely to make excess ghrelin, the hormone which increases appetite. Coupled with this, not getting enough beauty sleep decreases the levels of leptin, the feel-full hormone.
Research has also shown that those who have 8.5 hours of sleep a night lost about twice as much fat as those who sleep around 5.5 hours per night. Even if they ate the same number of calories throughout the day.
But why does this extra snooze time affect the amount of weight we lose?
Research suggest that sleep ramps up our levels of cortisol a stress hormone which can lead to inflammation and inulin problems. Both of these can lead to weight gain.
Top tips for sleeping well
the bedroom has to be a gadget-free zone, not even a TV. The only possible allowed item is an e-reader with no internet access and a white screen. I need to read a book to get to sleep and this works well.
After hearing about how blue light emissions can affect sleep I never take my tablet or phone to bed now. I think I get to sleep more quickly if I keep the bedroom gadget free, and so know I'm doing the best I can to get good sleep.
Don't you mean "Research suggest that ***A LACK OF*** sleep ramps up our levels of cortisol a stress hormone which can lead to inflammation and inulin problems. Both of these can lead to weight gain"? Kind of important distinction.
I definitely don't get 8.5 hours a night. Most nights it's 7, which I feel fine on. Surely it varies between people how much sleep they need?