The Science Behind Sleep & Weight Loss | How Sleep Affects Weight Loss

Dr. Geri from Ideal You Health Centers covers the topic of sleep and weight loss in this health tips video.

Getting an appropriate amount of sleep each night is very important for achieving your weight loss goals. Quality sleep is critical for a healthy, functioning body. The most important time for body repair and weight loss is between the hours of 10pm and 3am.

Getting 8 hours of sleep is important for adults, but it needs to be during the right 8 hours of the night. The human body is designed to function in response to light and dark cycles. The first light entering our eyes signals our body to release hormones for wakefulness.

When you delay going to sleep past midnight and your eyes are exposed to bright light, you’re keeping your cortisol levels high, which keeps your blood sugar high. That means your body is storing fat instead of burning fat and you’re not allowing your body to heal and repair properly.

Lack of sleep contributes to problems like diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and overall poor health. Make your sleep room like a cave: cool, dark, and quiet. Remove all electronics from the bedroom and keep your phone far away from your bed. Cellular sounds, light, and wi-fi signal are all disruptors for deep sleep.

Remove smart watches when you go to bed or put them on airplane mode. Both your alarm and health apps will still function properly on airplane mode. Also, don’t forget to shut down the use of phones, tablets, and television screens at least one hour before you go to sleep.

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