Does Sleep Affect Weight Loss And Overall Health?

Is eating healthy food and working-out enough to lose weight? Well, according to a scientific study conducted by the University of Laval in Quebec, sleep would also be a determining factor in weight loss.

Believe it or not, your sleeping habits can truly influence your body whether or not you lose those undesirable pounds.

Sleep impacts on weight loss

Sleep is also a valuable ally in the quest for thinness. Indeed, a growing number of scientific studies have established a link between how long we sleep and the overall obesity rate (or the rate of type 2 diabetes) which may suggest that inadequate sleep time can increase the risk of gaining weight and developing diabetes.

This finding is confirmed by a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Indeed, the authors of the study explain that overweight patient is more likely to lose weight if he or she sleeps at least seven hours a night. On the contrary, he or she who sleeps less than six hours will tend to lose less weight or even gain more weight.

Sleep impacts on overall health

Sleep is a key element of our balance, and its impact on our health is essential. While the daily duration of sleep needed for an adult is up from 7 to 8 hours on average, many people sleep less than seven hours per night.

Sleeping less than six hours each night alone causes:

A decrease in the concentration (loss of the ability to focus)
Decreased memory (less memory consolidation)
Decreased immunity (risk of catching a cold multiplied by 3)
Decreased satiety

In conclusion, sleeping 8 hours a day is scientifically the best duration for sleep and the most humanely physically acceptable quantity of sleep a healthy person should get.