How’s your sleep?!
Sleep is oftentimes overlooked when it comes to plateaus with our weight loss, when in fact it very well may be the thing keeping you back from your goals.
When we don’t get enough sleep OR enough 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 sleep certain hormones in our bodies start to become affected.
First up is 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐥, our stress hormone. When this is too high (𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱) it leads our bodies to prioritize managing our increased stress over 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 including things like fat loss, a healthy metabolism, brain power, etc…
Poor sleep is also going to lead to an increase in your blood glucose levels & cause your body to reach for more sugar for quick energy (& 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘩). Ever felt like you wanted all the carbs when you’re tired? That’s why?
Lastly, we have our hunger regulating hormones 𝐠𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐧. 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱? Ghrelin, the hormone that drives our hunger rises. And leptin, the hormone that helps us feel full is lowered.
This is why you likely feel hungrier on the same amount of food when you’re sleep deprived.
𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐦 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: if you’re struggling with hunger, sugar cravings, and a stall in weight loss, one of the first places we want to look at is how your QUALITY of sleep is.
How’s your sleep currently? Is this info helpful? Want to see more tips on how to measure quality sleep? Signs to watch out for? Or how to build up to a better night’s sleep?