It has been a well known fact that too little sleep can make you more susceptible to overeating, so try to consider that when you’re trying to stay in shape or lose weight. The spokeswoman for the American Heart Association stated that sleep deprivation could possibly provide a “double whammy “for weight gain, that is, people not only eat more when they are tired but they are also less likely to exercise because when you’re tired you’re less motivated to work out. The thought of laying and resting on your bed is just too overpowering.
Studies have shown that people who are sleep deprived consume around 300 calories per day more than if they were well rested and Ice cream and chocolate are some of their favorite foods to eat when tired. When woman were sleep deprived they consumed an average of 329 calories more per day, men consumed a little less at 263 calories.
Gina Lundberg, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and a preventive cardiologist in private practice in Atlanta, says she thinks it’s possible that sleep deprivation provides a “double whammy for weight gain — that is, people not only eat more when they’re tired but also may be less likely to exercise. When you’re tired, you’re less motivated to exercise. You just want to go home and go to bed,” she says.
In a recent study, using a functional MRI, scientist showed that a night of sleep deprivation caused increased brain activity in brain regions that assess positive outcomes and at the same time this deprivation can lead to decreased activation in the brain areas that process negative outcomes and decisions.
Choices that emphasized monetary gain were made by the sleep deprived individuals in the study. It has been shown that a lack of proper sleep can impair your ability to make choices, and this has also been attributed to sleep deprivation’s effect on memory, attention and the inability to integrate feedback in an effective way. Think about that the next time that you’re about to call your stock broker for sound advice about stocks.
So the best way to avoid these pitfalls is to get the daily allowance of sleep that your body needs, from 8-9 hours. If your schedule is just too hectic and getting a straight eight hours of sleep is out of the question then try to schedule catnaps whenever you can. In this world where we are surrounded by bosses or schedules that demand our total time one must be able to find or make the time to allow our bodies to rest and replenish its energy, or suffer the consequences.