How Sleep Helps Weight Loss


Just about anyone you ask would prefer enjoying a nice long nap to dieting. Sleep is a wonderful experience, and even those who have trouble sleeping tend to think of actually enjoying a few hours of shut eye as something wonderful. Yet when it comes to balancing self-care with our busy schedules, sleep is typically one of the first things that gets cut. When you want to lose weight, waking up early to fit in a strong workout or staying up an extra hour to meal prep a healthy lunch to take to work the next day may seem like really healthy choices, but the reality is that those choices to skip out on rest will add up over time, and missing too much sleep could actually negatively impact your ability to lose weight.

The Connection: Sleep and Weight Loss

When you don’t get enough sleep regularly, losing weight becomes extra challenging for your body. Missing sleep means messed up hormones, uncontrollable fatigue, and in more cases than not, a short temper that will not be helpful as you are coping with cravings and hunger.

Here are a few reasons why missing sleep can mean trouble with your weight loss program:

1. Missed sleep means less energy, and this could make you less likely to work out. While it is true that working out can provide you with energy, that doesn’t change the fact that when you are tired you are a lot less likely to actually get out of the house and workout.

2. Missed sleep means playing catch-up, all day long. In an effort to keep yourself awake you are likely to turn to sugary drinks that you would otherwise not be tempted to have, and you are more likely to snack all day long.

3. Missed sleep means your body isn’t in prime form, biologically, hormonally, or mentally. When you are chronically tired from not getting enough sleep your body will go into preservation mode, and this will not help you to burn calories and lose weight. Regardless of your efforts, you will feel stuck until you are able to get some quality rest.

Making time for self-care is important, but not at the cost of sleep. In fact, getting a quality night’s rest ought to be considered part of that quality shut-eye! For further advice on how to make small changes that can help you lose weight, talk to your weight loss surgeon.