You have probably heard that sleep is an important component of health, anti-aging and fat loss. So, in one fell swoop, sleep covers living longer, living better and looking better as well. Why is it so important? Well first, sleep is one of the “big three” of the things that can affect our metabolism.
Losing muscle as we age and over dieting are the other two things that will stop your metabolism dead in its tracks. Lack of sleep is the other. In addition, it’s hard to function, let alone exercise, if you are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation alone can sabotage a "healthy eating" effort and directly contribute to a failed weight/fat loss program.
In addition, from the health stand point, adequate sleep (usually at least 7 hours for most people) is needed to let your hormonal body clock release the needed hormones for repair and rejuvenation.
Sleep helps balance our appetites by helping to regulate levels of the hormones ghrelin and leptin. These hormones play a role in our satiety, or our feelings of hunger and fullness. When we’re sleep deprived, we may feel the need to eat more, which can lead to weight gain.
There has been no study for sleep and telomere length yet, but we can tell you when they do it, they will find that chronic sleep deprivation shortens your telomeres and thus shortens your life.
Now, if you address the big three in proper fashion: nutrition, exercise and sleep, you can control all the variables that make for successful fat loss and the new body or better body you’ve wanted for so long.
All the best,