Hormonal disharmony: I often wonder why hormones are named so? May be, because they keep harmony among all the elements of our body! Whenever there is imbalance among them, there’s sure going to be some problem. Sleep and weight loss are also related due to imbalance in certain hormones. The hormone Ghrelin says we are hungry and then we start eating. Another hormone, Leptin, says it’s time to stop and we are full. When you don’t sleep enough, Ghrelin increases in your body and Leptin decreases. Now you crave for food. You eat and eat and eat! There’s no stopping- after all leptin is low and it can’t tell you to stop!
Growth Hormone’s Scarcity: As if Ghrelin and Leptin hormones were not enough, there comes another hormone in scene- the growth hormone. It is mostly secreted during the first round of sleep or the slow-wave sleep. The growth hormone controls your body’s proportion of muscle and fat. When you don’t sleep properly, you secrete less of this hormone. Low on growth hormone means high on fat!
Yet Another Hormone: They’ll not spare you so easily- these hormones I mean. The hormone cortisol results from stress. When you have a good night’s sleep, you are de-stressed but here you experience some sleep disorder and there cortisol will stimulate the production of glucose in excess. And what your body can do with extra fat? It will, of course, store them!
There are Other Reasons Too: Hormonal imbalance is not all what sleeplessness does with you and your body’s fat. There’s no need for me to tell, how low on energy you feel the day after you get up from a shallow sleep? You’ll avoid your morning walk, exercise, and even climbing those stairs! You’ll rather ride the lift to carry yourself to your cabin at the first floor! So different from other days when you have had a good night’s sleep, isn’t it? You are not physically active and thus burn fewer calories. Your body too comes to your rescue. As soon as it senses your low energy levels, it hoards calories as fat. However, it doesn’t know that its not helping you but making you more fat that you’ll have to shed with proper diet, exercises and sleep too. Yes, you now know why aren’t you losing weight and that if you want to lose weight you really need to do all three.