Do you regularly pull an all-nighter, run on little sleep, or do not sleep soundly? If so, your body may be screaming on the inside as it tries to make ends meet. But do you know the effects of running on less than 7 hours of sleep.
Just to name a few of them: Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, low metabolism, slowed weight loss, stopped fat loss, and more
When the human body runs on little sleep, the metabolic functions slow down. This stalls weight loss no matter how much one exercises. Are you becoming more forgetful with shorter periods of sleep? Dr. Ju from Washington University in St. Louis recently completed this study and found that
frequent awakenings and a habit of lying awake were linked to higher levels of markers of the brain plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease
So how does one develop diabetes with the lack of sleep? The body cannot regulate its blood sugar. Blood glucose readings are higher and the body is less sensitive to insulin, the glucose controlling hormone. Therefore, when you are tired and sleep deprived, you tend to crave more and more of the high carbohydrates and sugary foods. The following chart explains it all from Balanced Bites and T.S. Wiley and Bent Formby, authors of “Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival,”
With adequate amounts of sleep, 8 to 9 hours in a completely dark room, you will up your metabolism and be able to fight the high carbohydrate and sugar demons that scream at you when you are sleep deprived.
You can gain optimal sleep by turning off the lights and all electronic devices, sleeping in a completely dark room, and going to bed earlier to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep (preferred).
Is the extra 2 or 3 hours of work really worth the extra taxing stress on your body?