First let’s look at hormones. Insulin is a hormone that plays a key role in sugar digestion. The sensitivity of insulin decreases in the body as we sleep less and this creates a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Sleep also affects our diet. It has been shown that the worse our sleeping habits are, the more we eat during the day (up to 20-25% more)!4 All those extra calories can quickly add up over weeks, months, years. Also when we are tired, our body seeks to get more calories from junk food, rather than from healthy, nutritious food.
So what can we do to sleep better? First try to get a good night sleep, every night. At the end of the day, your health is what matters most. The amount of sleep varies among individuals, but each person should get at least 7 hours each night. Try to pick the same time to go to bed each night, as our body likes consistency. Avoid caffeinated drinks and watching TV, at least one hour before bed. Light exposure can also play a role in sleep quality, so try to sleep with all your lights off and keep the room as dark as possible. Your sleep cycle is very important, and the good news is that it can easily be restored!!! Next time before bed, relax, turn off all your lights and get a good night sleep, because you are worth it!
Dr. Vitaliy Suprunov BSc, DC Chiropractor
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- Cote KA, et al. Sleep deprivation lowers reactive aggression and testosterone in men. Biol Psychol. (2013)
- Brandenberger G, Weibel L. The 24-h growth hormone rhythm in men: sleep and circadian influences questioned. J Sleep Res. (2004)
- Nedeltcheva AV, et al. Sleep curtailment is accompanied by increased intake of calories from snacks. Am J Clin Nutr. (2009)
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