How Losing Sleep Can Cause You to Get Fat

Sleep is good. Further to that point, if you don’t sleep enough your pant size may suffer.

Do you suffer from or do any of the below?

If you do, you could be running the risk of slowing down your metabolism.

Wonder why this happens? You’re in luck, this article covers how a lack of sleep can cause your body to gain weight and become something you don’t recognize.

 

A Lack of Sleep Confuses Your Metabolism

If you don’t sleep at least 6 consecutive hours at a similar time every night, your sleep cycle is interrupted and changed on a weekly basis. This has the effect of really throwing off your metabolism and increasing your risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes.

A big danger in our on-the-go culture where our devices keep us connected to media and entertainment at any hour, it can feel as though we have to fit sleep into our busy schedules. However, doctors say it really should be the other way around for the sake of your health.

 

A Lack of Sleep Acts as the 1st Domino

Not getting enough sleep can have a domino effect on your health and life in general. Without a good sleep, your body and metabolism won’t operate as it should, which in-turn causes other aspects of your life to fall into disarray which often causes overeating. Be wary when you’re tired not to medicate yourself with food, this is a major cause of weight gain.

 

Causes Mood Disorders

The presence of mood disorders and disruptions in a person’s memory and cognition have been proven to be caused by a lack of sleep. Serious long-term problems that were tied to poor sleep habits included heart disease and hypertension. He added that sleep differs from person to person. But whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, our circadian rhythms have been programmed to enable sleep during the night when it’s dark.

 

The Takeaway

If you don’t get enough sleep and are now worrying about your waistline, your concern is justified. Sleep loss has been shown to cause alterations in satiety hormones, feelings of hunger, and can lead you to crave fatty comfort foods.

This is such a problem that it even led tech giant Apple to include “Night Shift” mode on its devices — the opportunity to change the light shining from your screen from circadian-disrupting blue to a more sleep-conducive orange hue at night.

 

SOLUTION?

Being active during the day, eating a healthy, and a well-balanced diet, are all keys to getting a good night’s sleep.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.

Sick? Here’s a Few Ways to Sleep with a Runny Nose

Sleeping with a runny nose is impossible. Plus, sleep is vital in the healing process. Studies have shown even found that better sleep may reduce the risk of getting a cold in the first place. Several strategies can prevent a stuffy nose from ruining a good night’s sleep.

 

Prop Up your Head

Elevating your head during the night makes it easier for your nose and sinuses to drain. This is important because at night mucus pools in the head, making it harder to breathe and potentially causing a sinus headache in the morning. Try elevating the head on a few pillows to help the sinuses drain more easily.

 

Prepare your Bedroom

A dry runny nose at night often becomes irritated. Humidifiers moisturize the air, preventing dryness and reducing the pain of breathing while congested. It is important to clean humidifiers regularly, as moisture can promote the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Congestion is not the only thing that makes it harder to sleep with a cold. For many people, getting up for water or tissues can interrupt sleep all night. Keeping a box of tissues, a wastebasket, and a bottle of water by the bed can make nightly interruptions shorter and more comfortable.

 

Add Honey to your Routine

This is generally how it happens, you have a runny nose, then you start to breathe through your mouth, which then makes your throat sore. Life’s fun, sometimes right?

When a person already has a cough or sore throat, this can make it difficult to sleep. Honey coats the throat, easing discomfort. Honey may even work as a cough suppressant. Honey was the most effective option for easing cough symptoms. Children may also be more willing to try honey than medications.

 

Hit Yourself with Steam

Hot steam may help open the sinuses. Steam loosens the dried mucus and can help the nose drain before bed, reducing pain and congestion. Some people find that massaging the skin covering the sinuses promotes further drainage. Taking a warm shower before bed may also help a person relax before trying to sleep.

 

Try Something Different? Perhaps a Nasal Strip

Nasal strips attach to the bridge of the nose and pull the nostrils out slightly. Although many people use nasal strips to prevent snoring, they can also make it easier to breathe when a person has a stuffy nose. Try sleeping with a nose strip until the congestion eases.

 

For more information, reach out to us at aidanm@restwell.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Founded in 1990, Restwell sells its product line through National Retail & Independent Dealers in North America. Restwell also has a Hospitality Sales Division which services corporate accounts across Canada. Restwell manufactures all bedding, at its state-of-the-art facility in Surrey B.C., to order through “just in time” production techniques which serves its dealers and customers more efficiently. Most bedding orders are scheduled, produced and shipped within 3 days of receipt with fast, friendly and reliable service on our dedicated trucking fleet.