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You recently posted an article on Facebook that said people who get a full night’s sleep are less likely to be obese. This seems pretty hokey to me. Is there any medical reason why sleeping more would cause someone to lose weight?

Smartliving Guest asked this
July 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM



Getting the proper amount of sleep helps our health in many ways, including weight loss. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in our bodies, it plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy weight. Please read my blogs about stress and physical health and stress and insomnia to get a good overview of how stress, sleep, cortisol, and weight are all interconnected from a physiological standpoint.

To summarize, when we do not get proper sleep, our cortisol levels become unbalanced. This throws off the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which can play havoc on our weight (and also our blood pressure, blood sugar, digestive system, to name a few).

Getting the proper amount of sleep is one of the best ways to maintain good health, naturally.

Stay healthy, Dr. Jeff

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD Health Coach answered
July 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Dr. Chamberlain is spot on with this answer. You may also find that your diet is keeping you awake at night and I am not referring to the caffeine content alone.

Check out this article to learn how food may help you get a better night's sleep:

Jessica Corwin MPH RDN Health Coach answered
July 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Sleep is an essential aspect of the human experience, and our health overall. A full nights rest, daily exercise, and a well balanced diet are staples in building a solid foundation for improved health, emotional well being, and your ability to manage your weight. Sleep is a period that allows your body to heal muscles that have been stretched or torn during exercise. If your diet is well balanced, your body will be using fat and other stored energy to accomplish this goal. There is logic and research to back the importance of sleep for all areas of health including weight loss.

monicabluesky answered
January 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM
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