Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 06, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new health breakthrough, which highlights one aspect of any diet plan. To shed pounds, and get more fit, there is one crucial detail that takes up several hours of the day: sleep.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/weight-loss-articles/how-you-can-shed-pounds-in-bed), the body recharges itself while asleep. It runs certain systems and functions at night, repairs damage from the day, and gives certain organs a well-deserved break. The whole sleep-wake cycle is governed by the hormones serotonin and melatonin.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “How to Shed Pounds in Bed,” explains that people who are not happy with their physique can easily overlook sleep. Sure, it is well known that exercise and eating properly are the ultimate keys to getting back in form. But a new study reinforces the notion that getting adequate sleep is an important part of any dietary plan and is of great value to health.
As the article states, restricting calories and increasing physical activity are the building blocks of a weight-control plan. Yet significant evidence shows that inadequate sleep can contribute directly to obesity. Lack of sleep increases the stimulus to consume more food and increases appetite-regulating hormones.
The new study comes from the Canadian Medical Association Journal and is a great reminder. It is also written by authors who recently found that total sleep time and quality of sleep predicted the loss of fat in people trying to do so. In fact, the Canadian Obesity Network has included adequate sleep in its new set of obesity management tools for physicians.
The articles notes that there are reasons for this. There are two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, that come into play here. Both work in a check-and-balance type of way to mediate feeling full and feeling hungry. Ghrelin is created in the gastrointestinal tract and, not surprisingly, it stimulates appetite. Meanwhile, its cousin leptin comes from fat cells and it transmits a signal to the brain when full. When the body doesn’t get enough rest, leptin levels go down, meaning that the day’s meals aren’t satisfying the feeling of hunger. Likewise, poor sleep increases ghrelin, stimulating appetite. Both equal: more food desire.
(SOURCE: Chaput, J.P., et al., “Adequate sleep to improve the treatment of obesity.” CMAJ, Sept. 17, 2012.)
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