Updated: May 6
The link between body fat and sleep habits seems to be getting stronger. Lack of sleep is often the key factor linked to people that have a high body fat percentage or find it hard to lose unwanted weight.
Poor sleeping habits or not getting enough sleep, interferes with the regulation of hormones that control appetite. It also decreases muscle sensitivity to insulin. Remember insulin is a hormone that is made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use.
These two factors mean that people end up eating too much of the wrong foods and more calories are stored as fat.
In one of Dr Paul Cribb’s reports from another study that overweight individuals consistently have poor sleep patterns. Lack of sleep interferes with glucose disposal into muscle and fat oxidation by muscle. To optimize your muscle gains & fat metabolism, make an effort to go to bed an hour earlier each night and try and get more sleep.