Does sleeping really aid in weight loss?
Dr. Zafarlotfi puts it in easy terms, “Sleep is like credit card debt. If you keep accumulating credit card debt, you will pay high-interest rates, or your account will be shut down until you pay it all off. If you accumulate too much sleep debt, your body will crash.”
Low amounts of sleep are very common in the U.S. People tend to brag about staying up all night, but you will pay the price for not getting enough sleep.
Michael Breus, Ph.D. author of Beauty Sleep and the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead Health in Glendale, Arizona, explains it well, “it’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly.”
The recommended amount of sleep should average about 7.5 hours of quality sleep each night. If you are getting this amount of sleep already sleeping another half hour will not help you lose weight. However, if you regularly sleep only 5 hours per night and begin to sleep for seven hours, you will start dropping weight.