Lose Weight Sleeping More

by : Luke Johnstone

I know this sounds ridiculous but it is true. Sleep is an underrated tool that can actually help speed up our weight loss. At the same time, a lack of sleep can hinder our results.

3 Reasons Why You Can Lose Weight Sleeping More.

1. A lack of sleep is stressful on the body. This causes the body to release a catabolic or muscle wasting hormone, cortisol. Now increased cortisol levels result in the body losing muscle. This leads to a slower metabolism and makes weight loss a hell of a lot harder.

2. Our growth hormone levels are elevated during sleep. Increased Growth hormone levels actually make our body want to build muscle and lose fat.

What is also great is that high levels of growth hormone actually makes our body do its best to keep fat from building on our bodies, no matter how much we eat.

So then we obviously want to get enough sleep to take full advantage and maximise our results.

3. Strength training is the best way to speed up our metabolism. This is because the more muscle we have, the faster our metabolism will be.

Now what many don't realise is that muscles don't grow in the gym. Once they are stimulated they need plenty of rest, recovery and food.

Now sleeping is the absolute best way to speed up your recovery. Cutting out sleep cuts into your muscles recovery time, and hence leads to sub optimal results.

Obviously you aren't going to lose weight by simply sleeping more. However, getting enough sleep can drastically speed up your results. Strive for at least 8 hours a night.