According to the American Sleep Institute, 60% of Americans say they are not getting enough sleep each night.
The relationship between sleep deprivation and weight gain was first noticed more than a decade ago by researchers who documented sleeping habits of Americans over a 50 year span. The increase in obesity has paralleled the sleep trend over the last 50 years.
The impact of sleep on appetite control is profound...hunger is more pronounced.
Sleep decreases daytime stress levels
Sleep increases the body's ability to burn calories: when we do not get enough sleep, our cells become less sensitive to insulin, thus instead of being burned, food calories are converted to body fat.
Sleep increases muscle mass: increasing muscle mass assist in fat loss and maintenance of fat loss. Here is the reason: A muscle cell burns more calories than a fat cell. The more muscle we have, the more calories we burn in a day. Sleep loss interferes with the body's ability to manufacture muscle mass. With less muscle, extra food calories are converted to fat.
The message is: try to get approx. 7.5 hours of quality sleep a night!