Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lack of Sleep means getting fat and ugly

Lack of Sleep means added pounds - Perhaps surprisingly, recent evidence points to a strong link between sleep deprivation and obesity. Recent published studies suggest not getting enough sleep does two things that promote weight gain:

1. Hunger

2. Retards the body's metabolism

In combination, these two effects make it difficult for a sleep deprived person to maintain a target weight and shed pounds.

Sleep deprivation has been shown to affect the production of leptin, the chemical that makes you feel full. As a result, someone who hasn't been sleeping well may continue to feel hungry despite having a large meal. We feel hungry when we are awake than we are in sleep so the more hours the we are awake, the more hours that we will feel hungry.

Sleep loss may also interfere the body's ability to metabolized carbohydrates. This is cause your blood sugar level to shoot up, which in turn promotes the over production of insulin,leading to increased body fat.

Lack of sleep means getting ugly - This is a bad news for anyone who cares about her looks. While sun exposure is the often blamed culprit for premature aging, sleep deprivation can cause similar damage. Anyone who has lost a night's sleep can attest to the dull complexion and dark circles that inevitably stare back at her in the bathroom mirror next morning. But the long-term effects gradual and potentially irreversible. Sleep gives the skin the chance to repair itself while we are sleeping. Long term, those not getting adequate sleep may develop lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth sooner than individuals who gets and enjoy more sleep.

Lack of sleep may lead to depression, possible emotional disturbances and poor memory. It means Getting enough restful sleep helps prolong our lives and keeps us young active and vibrant.

We must realize that the quality of sleep is just as important as the quantity. There are several stages of sleep, ranging from light dozing to deep sleep and finally, dreaming sleep. These stages repeat themselves in a cycle throughout the night. Getting good quality sleep means getting enough deep sleep, and that requires being able to sleep peaceful, with few interruptions throughout the night.

Too many of us take sleep for granted, and don't think much starting the day tired and craving more time in bed. Taking control of how well you sleep takes effort and a little experimentation. But the rewards, feeling alert and energetic the rest of the day, improved mood, better health and better looks are more than worth it.


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