Watching Your Holiday Waistline?
It’s a wonderful time of the year. Holiday events, shopping, family gatherings, gift giving, and meal preparation are just some of the reasons this time of year is so special. With such a festive, yet jam packed schedule, late nights and odd sleep patterns can ensue.
Are you watching your holiday waistline?
Sleep patterns influence how we respond to those beloved mashed potatoes or that favorite slice of pie. Missing out on essential sleep plays a role in physical activity, metabolic and endocrine alterations, including decreased glucose tolerance, decreased insulin sensitivity, increased evening concentrations of cortisol, and changes in the hormones that control hunger and appetite. It’s remarking how much of an impact sleep has on our overall health.
Early recent research suggests health related to sleep may go beyond the number of hours of shut-eye. Regular sleep patterns of going to bed and waking at the same time every day has been linked to lower body fat. In a study of 300 women, those who slept less than 6.5 hours and more than 8 hours a night with a consistent wake time had lower body fat.
Making sufficient sleep and sleeping patterns a priority during this hectic time of year will support our internal clock, healthy decision-making, and a trim waistline.