Friday, 31 January 2014


As a natural weight loss aid, it seems that an improvement in the quality of your sleep could be very helpful.

Study after study shows a link between obesity and lack of sleep.  This is because your body needs sleep to normalise levels of hormones like leptin and ghrelin that are critical in weight control.  One study* showed that those who slept for four hours two nights running had an 18% decrease in leptin (a hormone that gives a feeling of satiety or fullness after eating), and a 28% increase in ghrelin (one that makes you feel more hungry).  They also had a 24% increase in appetite, craved sweet starchy and salty foods and lost interest in fruit, vegetables, protein and dairy products.

However, the good news is that if you get enough sleep (and stop dieting, as diets upset the balance of these hormones too.  That's a subject for a separate blog - watch this space!), then hormone levels go back to normal.  How much sleep is enough?  We all have different needs, but most adults benefit from 7 to 9 hours. To work out what's right for you, try going to bed earlier and waking naturally (without an alarm clock) for a few days and see how many hours to need to awaken naturally.

If you suffer from insomnia and need help sleeping, hypnotherapy really can help.  It helps to lower general stress levels, which in turn helps to normalise the balance of stress hormones; it can help reduce high blood pressure caused by stress and helps train the mind to expect sleep when you go to bed at night.  If your insomnia has been checked out by a doctor and a physical cause has been ruled out, please get in touch to find out how hypnotherapy can help you.

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      *  Sharma, Sunil: Kavuru, Mani (2 August 2010) “Sleep and Metabolism Overview”. International Journal of Endocrinology.