Losing Weight in Your Sleep Is Not a Dream

You probably don’t have sweet dreams of carrot sticks, hard-boiled eggs, and a handful of almonds, but what if your sleep habits could contribute to weight loss as your eating habits can? While you won’t magically wake up after one night’s sleep looking slim and feeling two sizes smaller, your sleep does contribute to your ability to effectively lose weight.

Like many lifestyle habits, sleep is an important one to focus on if you want to achieve sustainable weight loss. Talal Khan, MD, and the rest of our team at Personal Primary Care understand that weight loss helps you feel better about yourself and is important for reducing the risk of many serious conditions, such as diabetes. That’s why Dr. Khan helps men and women in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the surrounding areas take a holistic approach to weight management.

Here are a few ways your sleep and the number on the scale are related.

Your body burns calories even at rest

When you come in for a weight-loss consultation, Dr. Khan creates your personalized weight management plan, which includes nutritional guidance, exercise, behavioral therapy, and other healthy habits. Making healthier choices helps you achieve the decrease in weight you’re looking for.

Daily activities like cleaning the house, walking through a parking lot, and gardening burn calories. So do exercises, like weight training and cardio workouts. Your body also use calories even when you aren’t moving it, which means you burn calories even when you’re sleeping.

But there are other ways getting good sleep helps with weight loss.

Good sleep habits help with weight loss

Dr. Khan sees weight loss as more than just diet and exercise. It’s a lifestyle change, and sleep is an important component. The less sleep you get each night, the harder it may be for you to lose weight.

That’s because sleep regulates your hormones, specifically the ones related to hunger. Without enough sleep, your body may not produce enough of the hormone leptin, which suppresses hunger, and may produce too much of the hormone ghrelin, which increases the desire to eat. If you get a good night’s rest, you’ll find maintaining healthy eating habits is much easier.

Additionally, sleep helps you feel energized and motivated, two things you’ll need if you want to exercise regularly and plan and cook healthy meals. If you’re tired, you’re more likely to skip a workout or go through the drive-through, two decisions that can derail your weight management plan.

Tips for a good night’s sleep

If you find that you’re struggling to get enough sleep to feel well-rested and energized, there are a few things you can try:

As part of your weight management plan, Dr. Khan can help you identify barriers to a good night’s sleep and recommend more personalized strategies. If you’re ready to make the change to a healthier lifestyle and establish habits that will help you lose weight, contact the team at Personal Primary Care today. You can call one of the offices in Springfield or East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.

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