Sleep is the New Sexy

Research Correlates Adequate Rest to Overall Quality of Life

Sleep is the New Sexy
Sleep is the New Sexy.

Guys, rest your head on this: Sleep is the New Sexy!

Let's face it, health experts disagree on everything when it comes to health, especially weight-loss. Eat Paleo! Don't eat Paleo! Cardio before weights! Weights before cardio! It's no surprise that American eating habits continue to decline as obesity remains one of the largest health threats to our children and our country. In fact, if we fail to reverse our nation's obesity epidemic, the current generation of young people may be the first in American history to live sicker and shorter lives than their parents' generation.

People are lead in countless directions by experts, all claiming to have the newest trend that promises weight-loss. As an expert myself, I am even confused!

So, what are the masses to do?

Sleep and Wellbeing

Thankfully, there is congruence in one area - sleep. Sleep may not normally be considered "sexy," and doesn't come with any bells or whistles. Yet, when humans get adequate rest, it may help strengthen their immune system, increase chances of weight loss, and even help them to make healthier food choices. As Americans, most of us do not get enough sleep. We are a society that applauds burning the candle at both ends - staying up all night to work and let loose. However, going without adequate rest carries with it many nightmarish health consequences.

In short, lack of sleep affects mood and emotional well-being. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even a shorter lifespan.

Sleep and Obesity

In 2004, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine concluded that sleep deprivation leads to higher levels of a hormone that triggers appetite, lower levels of a hormone that tells your body it's full and an increased​ body mass index.

A similar study done by division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine concluded that not catching enough sleep doesn't allow metabolism to properly function and instead slows it down.

Think of it this way, if you're not getting enough quality sleep your metabolism will not function properly, International Journal of Endocrinology Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 270832, 12 pages

Researchers believe that sleep loss impacts several hormones related to appetite and food intake. Two of these hormones, ghrelin and leptin, are thought to be instrumental in the marriage between short sleep duration and high BMI.

Final Thoughts

This leads me to ponder if the price of insufficient sleep is obesity?  If so, why aren't experts pushing for the sexy sleep trend to be established?

Okay, I can hear a pin drop.

Then let it be me. Okay, America - My name is Jay Cardiello, and sleep is the new sexy. Get enough of it and you will have a much better quality of life, and a better chance to lose weight.

Now that's sexy…

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