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One of the biggest reasons people struggle with weight loss is lack of sleep. A study from UC Berkeley found that poor sleep increases the level of stress hormone, which in turn leads to prevention of fat burning. In addition, improper sleep may lead to weight gain and has been linked to increased risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get better quality sleep including: creating a bedtime routine, practicing deep breathing or meditating can help your mind and body relax as well as establish the necessary calm for restful sleep.
The amount of sleep you get directly impacts the way your body functions and manages itself. It affects hormone levels, balance between calming neurotransmitters and exciting ones and control over hunger hormones like leptin and ghrelin. When you are able to get enough sleep, your body can repair itself from the day’s stressors. In addition, it will produce more human growth hormone which helps burn fat in the body when you are sleeping rather than storing it as belly fat.