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How a good night's sleep improves your relationship with food
by Harriet Frew on January 18th, 2016

Getting enough sleep is one of the best self-care strategies you can incorporate into your life.
If you are often feeling tired and exhausted, whilst dragging yourself through the day, you might be seriously compromising not only your physical and emotional well-being, but also your ability to maintain a healthy weight.
I know that when I am tired, I will sometimes turn to sugar to keep going. I will rely on food as an energiser when I really need to stop and rest.  It is a temporary solution though! The blood sugar rollercoaster begins and it is easy to crave more.
 4 costs of insufficient sleep
1. When you are tired everything becomes more of an effort. You may feel irritable and overwhelmed with tasks at hand. You may feel stressed and less tolerant of others. You may turn to food to cope with this. 

2. Lack of sleep makes you hungrier. Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones that regulate hunger (ghrelin) or also feeling full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep these hormones fall out of balance. 

3. Sleep affects how your body reacts to insulin (the hormone for control of blood sugar). Sleep deficiency causes higher blood sugar levels and increased risk therefore of diabetes. 

4. Research studies show that a lack of sleep can lead to a greater risk of obesity. 

How to make sure you get a good night’s sleep
1. Prioritise sleep as part of your self-care. It is vital and necessary. 

2. Have a wind down routine to make sure you are calm and relaxed before trying to sleep. Try to follow this every day. 

3. Make sure your bedroom is a sanctuary for rest, ensuring it is dark, cool and comfortable. 
Avoid stimulants from food or drink when trying to wind down. 

4. Include some exercise in the day. Regular exercisers tend to feel less sleepy in the day and to sleep better at night. 

5. If your sleep problems are still not resolved you might need to speak to your Doctor.
Taking active steps towards getting enough sleep could profoundly affect your wellbeing and is worth the investment.

Posted in Emotions, Habit, Motivation and change, Self-care, self-help, Weight, Sleep    Tagged with Sleep, weight, obesity, insulin, emotions, wellbeing


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