Sleep and Weight Loss: The #1 Overlooked Connection
Sleep and Weight Loss: The #1 Overlooked Connection

Is there a connection between sleep and weight loss? The answer is certainly yes.  POOR SLEEP can sabotage your WEIGHT LOSS plan. When it comes to losing weight, most people generally focus on diet and exercise and of course they are both very important; but good sleep is often overlooked and yet one of the more important factors in losing weight.   Here's why:

How does sleep affect weight gain and weight loss?  

1. Hormones:
Researcher has shown that hormones called leptin and ghrelin play a key role in weight gain and weight loss. The two hormones modulate appetite in a kind of “checks and balances” system. Leptin tells the brain when your stomach is full and ghrelin tells the brain when you are hungry. When you are sleep deprived, your body makes more ghrelin hormone than leptin hormone, causing your appetite to increase, especially increasing your cravings for carbohydrates. Maintain a good sleep schedule to keep your leptin and ghrelin hormones in balance and your appetite regular. 

2. Energy Boost
When a person is sleep deprived especially with the increase in levels of ghrelin, they crave simple carbohydrates and sugar for a quick energy boost. We all know the feeling of being fatigued and craving unhealthy junk food like candy, fast food or pizza. Beware:  These unnecessary calories may sneak up on you and lead to weight gain and also affect your insulin levels.

3. Dream Sleep:
REM, also known as "dream sleep" is one of the primary indicators of good quality sleep, as it is the sleep state in which the brain is most active.  Although, most likely a small factor,  this active state burns more calories than other stages of sleep, using glucose to fuel brain activity. The more REM sleep you get, the more calories you burn and the easier it will be to lose weight as you sleep.

How much sleep does an adult need? 
About 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is ideal, but many adults struggle to even get 5 quality hours.   As you can see, the quantity and quality of a person's sleep effects brain function, compromises the immune system, alters stress and appetite hormones, and hinders weight loss - it may even lead to unnecessary weight gain!

Which pillows and mattresses can help you achieve better sleep?

The PILLO1 cervical pillow is one of the best pillows for weight loss by helping customers achieve effortless all-natural restorative sleep with more time in calorie-burning REM sleep.  In a sleep study conducted by St. John’s Sleep Disorders Center, our  PILLO1 Original design neck pillow helped people  fall asleep 18 percent faster than conventional pillow users and INCREASED the subjects  REM sleep by 21.3%. !!  This indicates that PILLO1 can help you burn more calories during sleep and improve your cognitive and physical function during the day. 

Don't ignore the essential connection between sleep and weight management! Get your rest and improve the quality of your sleep with PILLO1 cervical pillows and Dr Hall's new upcoming collection of mattresses called JUST SLEEP.    Please visit our website,  www.JUSTSLEEPbeds.com, to take a peek at the WORLD'S BEST ONLINE MATTRESSES shipped FREE of charge to your door with amazing introductory prices.   

About JUST SLEEP:

The JUST SLEEP mattress collection is designed to fit everyone’s comfort needs and budget. We have three mattress styles to choose from; Select, Premium, and Luxury, in all standard sizes of beds and offered in three comfort levels; Plush, Medium and Firm. But what really makes our mattresses unique is the quality of workmanship and the design.  Every mattress in Dr. Hall’s collection has a combination of Talalay foam made here in America and an imported Italian Coconut foam for the top layer to reduce heat and give the perfect cloud-like pressure relief. 

Learn more: www.justsleepbeds.com

About PILLO1: 
Made in America, PILLO1 cervical pillow is a premium, hand-crafted pillow to prevent wrinkles, reduce stiff neck pain and restore spinal alignment. Created for back and side sleepers, PILLO1 is the perfect eco-friendly cervical pillow on the market, made of hypoallergenic non-toxic latex foam.  
Learn more: www.PILLO1.com