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Why it’s important to get a good night’s sleep

It is no secret that sleep is something we all need in order to properly function, however, despite being so important many people do not get the rest they need. Not only does this leave you tired the next day but it can also cause certain health risks. Getting an adequate amount of sleep helps in preventing heart disease, stroke, and depression but did you also know that it plays a big role in weight gain and certain problem areas that many people have such as their lower belly fat.

Sleep is the chance our body gets to repair itself and when it does not get the right amount of time to do so it triggers a stress response. When this happens our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone has several responsibilities but one of the ones we will focus on here is its ability to release glucose or sugar into the body as a way to feed the brain. This function was an evolutionary benefit of the body that helped our hunter and gatherer ancestors stay alive by being more alert when under stress, and having excess body fat for the harsh environment. However, no longer being under the same conditions it can have a negative affect on us today.

Usually this hormone is highest in the mornings and low at night but when under constant stress it is more readily released. Studies have shown this can mean weight gain as a lack of sleep often causes overeating or cravings, most of the time the extra food that is being eaten isn’t healthy either. As a way to prevent this aim for at least 7 hours of sleep. This may be hard for some but a few recommendations for reaching this goal are avoiding alcohol and caffeine before bed, going to sleep at the same time, and regular exercise.

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