According to a recent study from researchers at Boston University, your body uses a specific phase of deep and dreamless sleep to wash your brain of toxins.
By monitoring sleeping patients, scientists were able to show that during deep sleep, waves of a special fluid surge through the neurons of the brain and purge toxic chemical byproducts.
This means better concentration, more focus, higher energy, and of course prevention of scary diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Truth is, getting better sleep is probably the #1 thing you can do for your health.
AND we now know that the same phase of deep sleep that “washes” your brain ALSO shrinks your belly fat.
And if you’ve ever felt like you couldn’t get rid of your belly, even if you eat right and exercise, then this is almost certainly the reason why…
1. Poor Sleep Leads to Weight Gain and Obesity
Studies suggest that poor sleep is directly linked to a higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain (1, 2). Body Mass Index (BMI) describes the screening tool used to identify people who are overweight or obese. Being overweight refers to having a BMI score of between 25 and 30.
Most studies that measure adults’ sleep habits have observed changes in weight when people get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night (3).
A major review found that short sleep duration increased the likelihood of obesity by 89% in children and 55% in adults (4).
Among the most prominent studies is one known as the Wisconsin Nurses’ Health Cohort Study, which followed more than 60,000 non-obese nurses for 16 years. At the end of the study, the nurses who slept five or fewer hours per night were 15% more likely to be obese than those who slept at least seven hours a night(5)
2. Poor Sleep Can Increase Your Appetite
Many studies have found that people who are sleep-deprived report having an increased appetite. This is likely caused by the impact of sleep on two important hunger hormones, ghrelin and leptin.
Ghrelin is a hormone released in the stomach that signals hunger in the brain. Levels are high before you eat, which is when the stomach is empty, and low after you eat.
Leptin is a hormone released from fat cells. It suppresses hunger and signals fullness in the brain.
When you do not get adequate sleep, the body makes more ghrelin and less leptin, leaving you hungry and increasing your appetite.
3. Poor Sleep slows down metabolism
Research has shown a relationship between sleep loss and changes in cortisol levels, which can lead to slower metabolic rate (the body doesn’t burn fuel as efficiently as it might); insulin resistance may also occur. Also, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are reduced as a result of sleep deprivation. In both situations, weight gain can result.
4. Sleep loss leads to overeating
Clinical studies demonstrate a link between sleep loss and reductions in the hormone leptin. This substance regulates satiation (our sense of feeling full). Without appropriate levels of leptin in the bloodstream, overeating can become a problem which can logically lead to eventual weight gain.
5. Sleep loss Leads to Increase in hunger drive
The hormone ghrelin regulates our hunger drive. After regular sleep loss occurs, higher amounts of ghrelin in the bloodstream amplifies our desire to eat more, and we can begin to crave unhealthy foods that are higher in fat, as well. This becomes yet another reliable predictor of obesity. A study by King’s College in London published just last month indicates that sleep-deprived people tend to consume 385 calories more a day than their well-slept counterparts due to dysregulation of both leptin and ghrelin as the result of sleep loss.
6. Poor sleep Can reduce Physical Activity
Daytime fatigue and reduced physical and mental performance are two outcomes of sleep loss which can make it more difficult to exercise or to even choose to exercise, especially if the other alternative is to take a nap. Prolonged periods of sedentary living becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, then: less activity means fewer calories are burned, and that leads to weight gain.
7. It Affects Production Insulin
When we don’t have quality sleep, our ability to use insulin to manage blood sugar is affected. Also, when we are sleep deprived, our compromised insulin levels lead to a domino effect in which our bodies make less of the hunger-regulating hormone, leptin.
8. Poor sleep can lead to weight gain which later leads sleep Apnea
Around 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which is often associated with people who are overweight.
Sleep apnea and obesity together share common health risks that should not be ignored. Both contribute to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic health conditions. And sleep apnea leads to sleep deprivation, which may be the way it connects the dots with so many other chronic health problems.
In conclusion, it is possible to shrink your belly while you sleep.
What if there was a simple and enjoyable trick you could do every night before bed that sets you up to shrink your belly, while you sleep?
Would you be willing to give it a try? Of course, right?
I mean… Every night your body will be naturally melting away belly fat while you rest.