Sleeping Weight Away

Hopefully you have watched some of the news on this subject lately, I have found several interesting things about this study. First, let me say what the study was, it was to see how important sleep was to weight gain. They took several women and had half sleep 7 1/2 hours or more and the other half slept less than that. The women were not to change their eating habits or do anything differently than they normally did. All the women that slept 7 1/2 hours or more experienced change, most lost weight and others inches around waists and hips. The other half of the women had no change, in fact some gained weight. The study went on to say that when we are tired we grave food more to help us overcome being tired and in particularly sweets because of the big burst of energy we get. They said those people that constantly get less than 7 1/2 hours of sleep can actually put on 1 to 2 pounds a week. They also went on to say that those people that get 7 1/2 hours or more, have more energy and more inclination to exercise. All the women concurred with this idea.

I decided to try it. If you work and care for a family you know how hard it is to get enough sleep and then you feel wrung out at work. I have  tried to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night in the past, but that doesn’t always happen. So I decided to try getting the recommended amount of sleep for a few days and then drop below that for the next few days. The biggest thing I noticed at work was my cravings. When I had slept 7 1/2 hours I really forgot about food inbetween meals and felt like I did have more energy. Now this wasn’t a huge difference and most of it was my being aware of it. What really was a stark difference to me, were the days I didn’t get enough sleep, I craved sweets. I was hungry all the time. I had to think back if I had ever paid attention to my hunger habits. I remember being more hungry on some days than others at work but couldn’t really remember how many hours I had slept on those days. Now that doesn’t mean the correlation isn’t there I think it is. In fact it really makes perfect sense to me. You know the old saying; “Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Maybe there is something to that after all. Anyway all I know is that I am going to pay closer attention to my sleeping habits and who knows I just might lose the extra 15 pounds I have been trying to  for the few years.

Just hoping you sleep your weight away too!

Kris

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