Sleep helps weight loss!!

You probably have heard the saying…”Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man/women healthy, wealthy and wise.  Well now studies are coming out showing that sleeping at least 9 hours a day can be helpful to weight loss.

More Sleep May Keep Weight Down: Study | NBC New York

www.nbcnewyork.com5/2/12

It’s no secret that sleep, even just a few extra hours, does the body good. But new research suggests that those extra hours of sleep may even assist with weight loss. The study out of the University of Washington found that

Why would getting proper sleep help with weight loss? 

Well it turns out that there is this hormone called adiponectin that is involved in fat metabolism and that if you don’t get proper rest and sleep, you make less adiponectin which means you have less fat metabolism.  Also, the hunger hormones increase at night which then contributes to snacking at night and further weight gain

So how can you improve your sleep? 

Well first you want to rule out any physical causes of poor sleep such as sleep apnea.  Second, consider taking Melatonin and a herb called Mangolia bark as this article points out:

How to Sleep Your Way to a Healthy Weight – Vitamin Research

www.vrp.com3/15/11

How to Sleep Your Way to a Healthy Weight. Bookmark Print. Text Resize: T T Reset. by VRP Staff. Whether you occasionally have a tough time falling asleep or you just can’t seem to stay asleep at times, too many nights spent lying awake can catch up with you faster than you may think Getting your sleep schedule back on track is half the battle when it comes to weight gain, but you can also help your body along with a blend of acacia gum polysaccharides and esterified fatty acids.

Besides improving your sleep, what else can you do to increase adiponectin levels so you increase your fat burning metabolism?

It turns out exercising, eating fiber rich diet and increasing your intake of fish oils all have a positive impact on raisisng adiponectin levels as this abstract points out

Fiber, Fish Oil and Exercise Increase Adiponectin Levels For Weight

drgaila.com4/19/12

Daily intake of fish or omega-3 supplementation increased adiponectin levels by 14-60%. Weight loss achieved with a low-calorie diet plus exercise increased adiponectin levels in the range of 18-48%. A 60-115% increase in

So it is all about the basics when it comes to losing weight: sleep right, eat right and exercise right.  You probably  have known this, but now you know why!

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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