Weight Gain & Obesity Due to Insomnia..
When I first heard the statement: “Lack of sleep is one of the ingredients contributing to weight gain and obesity in adults!” – my first thought was: “You Can’t Be Serious?”
Yes, I was pretty skeptical and had to really think about it for awhile. But then, after Googling ‘insomnia + weight gain + obesity’, I found all the evidence was there.
So yes, lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain and obesity in adults..
Starbucks & Dunkin’ Donuts
Before I go into details, there’s one thing I’d like to point out about sleep deprivation that I doubt you’ve ever considered, so take a few seconds and picture this scenario: You’re at work, it’s moving towards the middle of the day, your eyes are getting heavy and you’re practically falling asleep. What do you do to help wake yourself up again?
Many people will usually find themselves heading over to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts to get a large, sugar and caffeine filled coffee drink, or maybe one of those sugar filled doughnut snacks for the added boost to help get them get through the rest of the day.
Is it any wonder so many adults throughout the world, in particular in North America, are completely overweight and having a tough time keeping those unwanted pounds off? If you’re one of those people who go for the ‘coffee or donut boost’ to help you get through the day, then the $64,000 question to ask is: Why am I so tired in the middle of the day to begin with?
Is it possible that you didn’t get enough sleep last night, and as a consequence, you’ve spent your entire day running on sugar and caffeine?
Sleeping Patterns & Unhealthy Eating Habits
It is a known fact that the average human being should be getting anywhere between 7 to 10 hours of sleep each and every day in order to operate at their highest levels. If you’re getting less sleep than this, you could be suffering from insomnia or sleep deprivation and you need to take a serious look at changing your eating and sleeping patterns.
Unfortunately most people just don’t seem to realize that, when they are running around with low-energy due to a lack of sleep, they automatically turn to food as a way to give them a quick boost to their energy levels. And since this usually happens during the day, it’s usually the worst foods possible they choose to eat for a boost, because junk foods are the quickest and most available during the day – and also, these are the foods loaded with the most sugar and carbohydrates and other things that really aren’t going to help you keep a slim waistline.
The immediate results of drinking sugary coffee drinks and eating high carbohydrate fattening foods is, in the short term, you may be able to temporarily fight off sleepiness. But the ultimate result of living this type of lifestyle is, you will pack on plenty of unwanted pounds because of your food choices – and, if this is your lifestyle, I’m sure you aren’t really doing all that much in the exercise department either.
Perpetuating The Vicious Cycle
Yes, the combination of junk food, little or no exercise, and lack of sleep, are major ingredients contributing to serious weight problems and obesity. I know all the above may be hard to digest (excuse the pun) for some people, but there is definitely a correlation to lack of sleep, weight gain and obesity, so please, recognize the connection and do everything in your power to prevent this from happening to you, because continuing down this track will only further perpetuate this vicious lack of sleep cycle.
Sleep Deprivation V’s Quality of Life
If insomnia is a problem in your life and you would like more specific and detailed information on the effects lack of sleep can have on your health, then maybe you’d like to do as I did, and go directly to Yan Muckle’s SLEEPTRACKS program and check it out for yourself?