Why is sleep absolutely important for weight loss?

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Why is sleep absolutely important for weight loss?


When most people begin a wellness program, they only think of nutrition and fitness as part of the their new program, they fail to include sleep and rest as well. Leaving out rest and recovery will actually hinder their progress. Not getting enough rest can have a negative effect on your body and can cause weight gain.

Sleep deprivation causes a spike in glucose and insulin levels. When your insulin levels are high growth hormone levels are inhibited. Growth hormone is very important when it comes to weight loss. Sleep deprivation also causes increased appetite, it is associated with low levels of leptin. Low levels of leptin signals your body to eat more food. When you are sleep deprived there is a decrease in physical activity. You will feel tired and lazy the next day, which will reduce your energy expenditure.

Do we really lose weight while we sleep?  Growth hormone secretion occur while we sleep. It is when we build muscle, and promote fat loss. If you are eating right and not having heavy meals before bedtime, insulin levels will also drop while you sleep.

What are things we can do get better quality sleep?

  1. Turn off all electronics and other blue-light sources an hour before you go to bed. Cover any displays you can’t shut off.
  2. Working out, regular exercise is proven to help sleep better at night. Try working out at least 4 hours before bed as working out normally gives you energy. 
  3. Eat right at dinner time. Do not have heavy meals and eat at least one hour before bedtime. 
  4. Skip the alcohol. Makes you sleepy but will make you wake up often during the night. 
  5. The sleep foundation recommends that you have a conformable mattress and pillow. 
  6. Using proper bedding helps with sleep,such as Ghostbed Luxury Sheets, They are made with a revolutionary combination of materials, featuring the extreme resilience of Supima cotton and the luxurious comfort of TENCEL® fibers. This keeps the bed cool through the night and allows for a better nights sleep.


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  • Stephanie @FitFoundMe

    Posted 2018-09-28 1:48 pm

    Yes, totally agree and would like to add one – keep the air temperature comfortable as possible.

  • Tara Pittman (@momknowsbest15)

    Posted 2018-09-28 2:12 pm

    I so agree that sleep is important for weight loss. When one is well rested they make better choices in eating and exercise

  • Mikah

    Posted 2018-09-28 2:42 pm

    Sleep is always my #1 priority! I just need to cut back on the wine…. ?

  • where iz my boarding pass

    Posted 2018-09-28 3:20 pm

    I have read so much about the connection sleep has with weight loss I always thought it was a myth. But your article makes alit of sense! ?

  • Tabitha Blue

    Posted 2018-09-28 3:31 pm

    This is so good!!! I know the benefits of sleep, and yet it’s the first thing to sacrifice when it gets busy! I need to work on that.

  • Deserted_Queen

    Posted 2018-09-28 3:36 pm

    I am a partial insomniac. But I want to lose my weight too. This is a very effective post.

  • Sarah Bailey

    Posted 2018-09-28 3:37 pm

    I’ve read before that sleep can help with weightloss but I never really got the ins and outs of it until now. It really does make sense though.

  • jenna | the urben life

    Posted 2018-09-28 3:52 pm

    Great article! Sleep is truly so important

  • julivaglobal

    Posted 2018-09-28 7:54 pm

    This seems like a good way to lose some weight. I have heard about it but never knew it was so effective to sleep.

  • allthingssimplywindy

    Posted 2018-09-28 9:07 pm

    I take my sleep very serious and yes it is needed to lose the weight.

  • Discov. Parenthood (@discoveryparent)

    Posted 2018-09-28 11:21 pm

    This is something I struggle with, with having little kids I am missing a lot of sleep.

  • Ada

    Posted 2018-09-29 6:29 am

    Sleeping is important for sure . I am trying loose weigh now and I see I am burning almost nothing in a weeks when my sleeping is poor . You put here so good tips how to sleep better! I definitely agree with no electronics and not heavy meals before bed !

  • Andrea

    Posted 2018-09-29 6:56 am

    Sleep really is the key to healthy weight. I had no idea until I wasn’t getting any and I put on 10lbs. Great info

  • Catherine Santiago Jose

    Posted 2018-09-29 9:27 am

    I have never know about that but thanks to you, now I understand that having a good sleep will also helping you in losing your weights. Thank you for sharing these tips with us.

  • My Life Restyled

    Posted 2018-09-29 10:40 am

    Sleep is important to pretty much every aspect of life, especially physically !

  • Joanna

    Posted 2018-09-29 10:47 am

    I didn’t know that sleep was important for weight loss. Very interesting read, I will keep your tips in mind.

  • Jasmine – LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    Posted 2018-09-29 11:29 am

    sleep is def something I don’t get enough of. i really like these tips, this is awesome!

  • Pati Robins

    Posted 2018-09-29 12:51 pm

    those are really great tiips i always go to bed earlier and make sure that the temp in the bedroom is low it helps me fall asleep

  • Anwesha Guha

    Posted 2018-09-29 12:58 pm

    You have opened my eye to possible cause for weight gain. I have to get some more shut eyes to check if this can be a reason for my weight gain.

  • Belle

    Posted 2018-09-29 2:09 pm

    I’m terrible terrible terrible at sleeping :-(. I’m especially bad at turning off electronics as I like to have a bit of noise to help me sleep. Thanks for sharing.

  • happilyeverdeb

    Posted 2018-09-29 3:26 pm

    I’ve been working on my weight loss journey. But I had no idea sleeping was so important for weight loss. I’ll be mindful and try and get more lol

  • Tiffanie Anne

    Posted 2018-09-29 4:34 pm

    My husband tells me this all the time…but, shhh, dont tell him, but reading your post made me more of a believer that sleep is necessary! haha

  • Flossie

    Posted 2018-09-29 10:21 pm

    This is all so true!!! Quality sleep is so important – I have struggled over the years (eventually realizing that I am extremely light-sensitive), and those times when I wasn’t sleeping enough, my weight definitely suffered!

  • Daphne’ Adams

    Posted 2018-09-30 1:26 am

    I didn’t know you could lose weight while sleeping but I definitely know the right amount of sleep is good for you.

  • Mommy Peach

    Posted 2018-09-30 7:39 am

    I am embarking on a new fitness journey bu I have problem getting enoug sleep. I’m thinking of ways on how I can increase my sleep.

  • Deepa jaisingh

    Posted 2018-09-30 10:46 am

    I am going to take a nap after reading this for sure 🙂 thanks for the post

  • Preet

    Posted 2018-09-30 12:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of this brand, but your in-depth review has me interested. I’ll definitely have to check it out now.

  • angela@marathonsandmotivation.com

    Posted 2018-09-30 1:26 pm

    I struggle so much with sleep. These are all great tips and I will give them a try! Also, I can’t wait to try out those sheets!!!

  • Krystle Cook

    Posted 2018-09-30 7:06 pm

    I had no idea that sleep had anything to do with weightloss. This was a truly big eye opener for me.

  • toastycritic

    Posted 2018-09-30 11:40 pm

    I do think sleep is important. But I think consistency is even more important. When you are consistent in what you do it helps so much. But yes you can’t lose weight without it.

  • Catherine

    Posted 2018-10-01 2:08 am

    I definitely need more sleep but this is just another reason to make sure I get enough of it! Thanks for sharing this info along. I’ll have to check out those sheets!

  • Jenn

    Posted 2018-10-01 7:17 am

    These are such great tips. Setting a solid evening routine and sticking to it is a great way to get a solid night sleep. Good sleep is so important for overall health and wellness.

  • Ashley

    Posted 2018-10-01 10:49 am

    I’m All about sleep! Great evidence for a good argument! Husband tells me I sleep too much.

  • Kelsey

    Posted 2018-10-01 11:11 am

    I love these tips! My favorite one has got to be number one! Turning off screens is so important! We also are looking at getting new sheets so I am going to have to check these out more!

  • tennismom miami

    Posted 2018-10-01 12:48 pm

    Kids make getting enough sleep so hard!! But I’m trying my best for now. Exercising early in the morning is helping me sleep a bit earlier at night and ensuring some better sleep.

  • Rikki Ridgeway | MommaMatters.blog

    Posted 2018-10-01 6:55 pm

    I struggle with sleep so much, and need to stop stressing so much. I know that stress can cause you to have a poor sleep regimin, and I need to make sleeping a priority for myself and for my three-year-old. Waking up at 5AM (EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.) is so hard on this Momma.

  • ZyraKuma

    Posted 2018-10-02 3:34 am

    Nice tips! I tend to have sleep problems because of my mattress and eating at midnight. But then again, I’m a light sleeper.

  • Aditi Wardhan Singh

    Posted 2018-10-02 7:18 am

    I so agree with this all. Sleep is essential

  • Aditi Wardhan Singh

    Posted 2018-10-02 7:19 am

    Great tips. All sleep is very important. It is so hard to fall asleep some days. I’m going to try some

  • Coleccion De Fotografia

    Posted 2018-10-02 11:07 am

    I have been sleep deprived for the longest time. I have constantly reminded myself that the lack of sleep will lead to something hazardous in the future. Thank you as always for sharing great posts. Please keep them coming.

  • thesavageamericanlife

    Posted 2018-10-02 1:46 pm

    You touched on this perfectly, sleep should be the #1 priority when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Luckily more and more people such as yourself are spreading the benefits of it

  • angie

    Posted 2018-10-02 9:39 pm

    thanks for shraing as a diabetic I learned something new that lack of sleep can interfere with the glucose level. Thanks for sharing

  • blair villanueva

    Posted 2018-10-03 1:45 am

    At night time especially if I don’t have work to do, I sleep early to avoid snacking during night time. This helps to maintain my weight.

  • colossalumbrella

    Posted 2018-10-03 3:10 am

    I agree with completely. My BMI has always been normal but I feel more healthy since I started working on my sleep cycle.


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