How Sleep Affects Weight Loss.

Did you know that the amount of sleep you get and the amount of weight you try to lose are directly related?
Surprising right, we know and about 30% of adults are getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night according to some studies. Well if you are in this 30% group and are trying to lose weight you may be in a losing fight. Let's take a look and see some of the factors affecting you losing weight and how sleep is related.   
1) Sleep Is A Big Risk Factor For Weight Gain And Obesity
We know that everyone will vary in the amount of sleep that they need but short times of sleep have been linked directly to weight gain. 
In one study a group of 60,000 nurses was studied for 16 years to monitor there sleep and weight gain correlation. At the end of the study, the nurses who slept 5 hours or fewer a night were 15% more likely to be obese than nurses who slept 7 hours or more.
2) Your Appetite Increases With Poor Sleep 
Studies have been shown to show sleep-deprived people tend to have increased appetites. 
Two hormones are responsible for increasing appetite they are ghrelin and leptin.
The hormone ghrelin is released in the stomach to signal hunger in the brain. The levels in the body are high before you eat and lower after you eat. 
Leptin is released from the fat cells in the body, it suppresses hunger and signals fullness in the brain. 
When the body does not get enough sleep it creates more ghrelin and less leptin, in turn, increasing hunger. 
3) Decreases Resting Metabolism 
Metabolism is what is referred to when your body is turning calories into energy or burning fat some will say, which isn't always the case. But your RMR is your resting metabolic rate. This is the number of calories your body burns when it is at complete rest.  
In a study that kept people awake for 24 hrs it showed that their RMR was lowered by 5% than when at normal rest and when after eating there RMR was 20% lower. 
Poor sleep has also been seen to affect muscle loss as well.
4) Insulin Resistance 
Insulin is the hormone that transports sugar from the blood into your cells for energy.
When we sleep less our cells can become resistant to insulin. If this happens that means that sugar stays in the blood and then the body creates more insulin to compensate.
With the increase in insulin, your body becomes hungry and tells your body to store more calories.
Overall the body is dependant on sleep and the lack of sleep can affect our overall health. So try to get a healthy amount of sleep and in turn, your body will give you health.