One of the basic habits for successful, long term weight loss is getting enough sleep. I wrote about this previously. A new post on WebMD tells us that Sleepless Nights Could Make Pastries Hard to Resist.
After a night of lost sleep, the participants’ brain images showed increased activity in a circuit between the amygdala and hypothalamus, which is involved in food intake. This suggests sleep loss increased the desirability of food compared to non-food rewards, Peters said.
Previous findings have shown that hormonal changes after a sleepless night can affect appetite, but this study shows that changes occur in the brain as well. The good news is that paying attention to getting enough sleep can help us to achieve our weight loss goals. One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to have a nighttime routine for winding down and getting to bed on time.
What is your nighttime routine?
Passive Action: Is It Holding You Back From Losing Weight?
Making Better Choices When Eating Out
Food Prep Can Help You Stick to Your Weight Loss Plan
Managing Urges to Overeat
Learn From Overeating So You Can Stop
Bringing the Joy Back to My Diet – Joy Food and 24-hour Planning
Eat More Fuel Foods to Help You Feel Your Best
Using a Hunger Scale to Curb Mindless Eating