Sleep Position and Food: How it Affects your Weight
Getting an adequate amount of sleep can dramatically improve your health. However, your sleep position determines what bodily aliments you will be benefiting.
What is the best sleep position for what ails you? Here’s the list, according to Health.com:
Sleeping on your back: Prevents neck and back pain, reduces symptoms of acid reflux, and minimizes wrinkles
Sleeping on your side: Prevents neck and back pain, reduces acid reflux, lessens snoring, promotes better sleeping during pregnancy (If you're pregnant, sleep on your left side because it is better for blood flow.)
Sleeping in the fetal position: Good for snoring less and sleeping during pregnancy
Sleeping on your stomach: Helps lessen snoring
Unfortunately, there is no best sleep position for weight loss.
Weight and sleep
While there might not be a best sleep position for weight loss, the quality and quantity of our nighttime zzz-s do impact your weight. As wild as the idea sounds, medical studies show that how much you sleep and the quality of your sleep actually activate hormones tied to your appetite.
Researchers say the hormones leptin and ghrelin work together to impact appetite. Production of both may be influenced by how much sleep you receive. When you don't get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you won’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which stimulates your appetite.
The only way to balance out those nighttime hormone levels is to get a good night’s sleep.
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Another study confirmed that sleep does indeed impact weight. Researchers found that people who average five hours of sleep per night were 73% more likely to be overweight. Those who averaged six hours of sleep per night were 27% more likely to be overweight than their seven-to-nine hour sleep counterparts.
Stay healthy no matter how much you sleep
There are many factors that impact weight: not being in the best sleep position, which worsens aches and pains and causes you to get less sleep; nighttime hormone levels; and the quality and amount of sleep you get. Even with these hurdles, you can control your weight and appetite. A commitment to choosing and eating healthy foods that promote good nutrition will help you lose weight.
The right healthy foods help combat the nighttime barriers that prevent you from losing weight. But some people think eating right means having to eat bland, tasteless food, or not being able to feel full.
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