Do you eat a healthy diet, take recommended supplements and exercise, but still struggle with weight gain? If you’ve been frustrated by this scenario, take a closer look at how much you sleep. Lack of sleep may be keeping your hormones out of balance and affecting your metabolism.
Leptin and ghrelin are two rarely heard of hormones, but they each play a critical role in the relationship between sleep and your body. With the appropriate amount of sleep, these two hormones keep each other in balance.
Sleep disruption can cause fluctuations that result in appetite and metabolism changes. Without enough sleep, ghrelin levels rise and stimulate appetite. Meanwhile, leptin levels drop, also increasing your appetite and contributing to obesity.
A regular sleep schedule of six to eight hours per night promotes the healthy production of leptin and limits the production of ghrelin, contributing to satiety and regulating your metabolism.
But there can be roadblocks to achieving adequate sleep. An estimated 50-70 million adults in the U.S. have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. For those suffering from insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, or difficulty staying asleep, adrenal dysfunction and neurotransmitter imbalances may contribute, or even cause, weight gain.
AgeRejuvenation can help you identify any sleep disruption that you may be experiencing and create a plan to help you get a good night’s rest.
Individual results vary by patient. Ask your AgeRejuvenation practitioner about your specific health concerns.