A lot of blogs and people, in general, would tell you how it is extremely important that you get the right amount of sleep for your skin to grow, for you to be mentally at peace and for you to be physically fit and active? A lot of you would actually groan at that because apparently, for our young generation, the more we sleep the lazier we get and so do our tummies begin to bulge.
So how does that basically work?
You Engage In Sedentary Activities More
Many times when we are actually depriving our mind and body of sleep, we are consuming time doing activities that cause little to no physical activity at all. Brace yourselves and block your ears because this might as well sound just like another one of Ammi Jaan ke taanay about your usage of smartphone and the laptop. The thing is, where many of us enjoy the night-life staying up, we are usually busy texting (*whistle*), doing work or watching a movie etc. With all of these things requiring you to sit in a single position for hours without you even noticing it. Less physical exercise means more fat accumulation.
It’s Also About The Hormones
Now you might be thinking, what has hormonal activity got to do with sleep and weight management? Actually, a lot. You might have heard how our bodies control our appetite with the help of two hormones, leptin, and ghrelin. Lack of sleep causes an imbalance of the production of these two and this is where you begin to feel more stimulated by hunger whereas the fat control areas aren’t working in accordance with that. Also, when you are depriving yourself of sleep, you are basically increasing another hormone in your body which is known as cortisol. What cortisol does is that it is basically triggered by stress which your body goes through when you exhaust yourself. Cortisol is linked to fat gain, so you may now do the math and realize what is bound to happen.
More Sleep Or Less Sleep?
Maintaining that level of aitedaal in our routine seems to be a pretty complex job for us lazy Pakistanis who absolutely love to procrastinate. We would either sleep ghoray baich ker or we would stay up all night because raat tou hamari hai. This is where things get out of balance and our bodies begin losing shape. Studies define the significance of eight hours of sleep in a way that more than that, meaning nine hours, is bad for you if done at a stretch. And quite similarly, five hours of sleep or less than that, would make your body gain fat as well. Constant sleep deprivation increases our calorie intake as your body feels like it still isn’t satisfied even after a few hours of binging on that nihari aur kulchay.
We have given you yet another factor that might be contributing towards your failed weight-loss journey. Hence, this is the point where you analyze yourself. Are you sleeping for at least seven hours each day? Is your sleep pattern usually interrupted? What can be done for you to get a sound sleep?