When we were younger, kids we didn’t believe in sleep, and did all that we could to stay up as late as we could, before waking up and getting out of bed as early as we could in the morning. As time went by and we grew older, we began to cherish sleep more and more, and still do to this very day. A good night’s sleep can cure a whole heap of various ailments, including actually helping to encourage more weight loss than you may have at first thought. Yes, sleep makes us feel better, it helps us to look better, it helps us to function correctly, and it also helps us to lose weight believe it or not. If you’re looking for more weight loss benefits, you’d be hard pressed to find a valid argument disputing the fact that sleep can play a vital role in our overall weight and general health and well-being.
Sleep actually helps to boost the metabolism – The body’s metabolism is basically responsible for burning calories and fat reserves and converting them into energy to fuel our bodies. The more energy we require, the more calories will be burnt, and the more weight we’ll lose. Well, the great thing about a good night’s sleep, is the fact that it actually helps us to metabolize calories and fat. The reason for this is because sleep helps ensures that we become more sensitive to insulin levels in our body. The less sensitive to insulin we are, the more fat the body stores.
Sleep helps increase muscle mass – Now, before you get too carried away, in order to build muscle you’ll still need to exercise and lift weights. However, it’s when we sleep that we actually build muscle, as we simply destroy muscle tissue when we lift weights. When we rest, especially when we sleep, the body uses nutrients in our body to repair these damaged muscle tissues and fibers, rebuilding them even bigger and stronger than they were previously. When people say that recovery is such a crucial part of building muscle, they really aren’t lying. Muscle requires more calories and energy to maintain than fat, so the more muscular you are, the more calories you’ll be burning throughout the day.
Sleep helps to reduce your appetite – Have you ever laid in bed, starving hungry feeling as if you could eat a horse? If it was right there, but you instead chose to go to sleep rather than eat, you’ll no doubt have woken up in the morning, but surprisingly you’ll have noticed that your hunger pains have now gone. Sleep helps to promote chemicals and proteins which control our appetites, meaning that the more we get, the less hungry we feel. You should still always eat a balanced healthy breakfast of course, but this is a great way of ensuring you don’t over eat and don’t binge on junk food.