by Isabela Visan;staff
Whenever I hear someone complaining to me about having trouble sleeping, I always try to figure out why, since it’s something that also happens to me occasionally. Sleeping problems can have a variety of reasons, but in this article I’ll only delve into the one that has the biggest impact on the human body.
Sleep disorders and getting a good night’s sleep are a topic of great interest to me, I’m constantly on the lookout for new information in this particular area of research. I like to review both the latest scientific findings and the testimonials by common people dealing with various sleeping problems.
Recently I’ve come across an intriguing new study that differs from the many others of its kind. Conducted by a team of American researchers, the study debunks the myth that you’re perfectly ok as long as you go to bed just a few minutes or so before midnight.
And, of course, proper nutrition has a say in it all.
Carried out using “Up by Jawbone”, a health and fitness app developed by Android which is now popular with thousands of users worldwide, the research proves that in order to get a good night’s rest you need to be in bed by 11 pm, without exception (just like our grandparents used to do). Going to sleep past this hour affects the quality of sleep, so there’s really no wonder that you end up waking up tired the next morning as if you hadn’t slept at all, or that your waistline has been growing a few sizes over time.
Are excess calories to blame here?
The answer is yes. On average, the test subjects went to bed at 11:23 pm. During their hours of sleep, the subjects in the normal weight group that went to bed daily around 9:30 pm burned about 220 more calories than the ones who went to bed very late (around 2:30 in the morning).
What is the explanation for that? Do we burn more or less calories during our sleep?
According to Dr. Kristin Aschbacher, psychologist and lead researcher of the study, people who tend to go to bed early (between 7 pm and 9 pm) also eat healthier. Their diet mostly consists of vegetables, fruits, fiber and lean proteins.
On the other hand, late sleepers tend to have a diet based on processed foods and saturated fat and they also tend to drink more alcohol. The reason for that lies in the overproduction of ghrelin and leptin in their bodies, the two hormones that are responsible for controlling hunger and satiety. Bad sleeping habits impact these hormones negatively.
In conclusion, there’s nothing better for your mental and physical health or for the beauty of your skin than a good night’s sleep that should begin at a proper hour.
I will again stress out, the way I always do, that the best ointment for your skin is proper sleep.
So let’s make an effort and try to go to bed before 11 pm! This way we will stop feeling tired and be able to keep our weight under control!
About the author
Isabela Visan - I have been a member of the HealthyAeon team since 2014. Love is one of the pathways that lead to a complete spiritual liberation. You can follow me on Facebook