The fight to lose weight is enough to cause anyone to lose sleep. Perhaps you have struggled to lose weight for years and remain haunted by the fact that the scale simply refuses to budge. You may have tried everything under the sun to shed some pounds, from calorie counting to low-carb diets, even no-carb diets such as the South Beach Diet.
The truth is that the road to a slimmer you can leave you feeling frustrated, anxious and a host of other negative emotions that can rob you of a good night’s sleep.
According to recent research, however, there may be good news for people looking to lose weight and enjoy a better night’s sleep. Coincidentally, the two may actually be one in the same.
Substantial medical evidence now suggests that there are fascinating links between sleep and weight. Researchers are also now learning about a symphony of hormonal activity that is tired to appetite, suggesting that the quality and quantity of your sleep can help orchestrate these processes.
David Rapoport, MD, associate professor and director of the Sleep Medicine Program at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, is one of the first to recognize this previously overlooked connection between sleep and weight loss.
“One of the more interesting ideas that has been smoldering and is now gaining momentum is the appreciation of the fact that sleep and sleep disruption do remarkable things to the body – including possibly influencing our weight,” says Rapoport.
If you have ever experienced a sleepless night followed by a day when you never felt full or satisfied, regardless of how much you ate, then you are no stranger to the workings of leptin and ghrelin.