Weekly Wisdom

Topic 31:


We’ve all heard it, “sleep more, weigh less”. While you weren’t sleeping, your body cooked up a perfect recipe for weight gain. Here are five symptoms of getting too little sleep:

1. Increases hunger: Sleep deprivation may alter the hormones that control hunger. It’s believed that people who are sleep deprived have higher levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin and lower levels of the satiety-inducing hormone leptin.
2. Gives people more time to eat: People who sleep less each night may eat more than people who get a full night’s sleep simply because they have more waking time available.
3. Prompts people to choose less healthy diets: Some studies have found that workers who slept fewer than six hours a night were more likely to eat out, have irregular meal patterns, and snack more than those who slept more than six hours.
4. Decreases physical activity: People who don’t get enough sleep are more tired during the day, and as a result may curb their physical activity. Some studies have found that sleep-deprived people tend to spend more time watching TV, less time playing organized sports, and less time being physically active than people who get enough sleep.
5Lowers body temperature: In laboratory experiments, people who are sleep-deprived tend to see a drop in their body temperatures. This drop, in turn, may lead to decreased energy expenditure.

We also know that the opposite can be true. Obesity can lead to sleep problems!
Most experts say as little as a 1 0% decrease in weight can lead to a significant clinical improvement in the severity of sleep apnea.
So, if sleep tends to elude you for whatever reason, taking a look at why and seeing if there are remedies to help might go a long way in helping you lose weight, and ultimately keep it off!

Did you know?

Dozens of studies spanning five continents have looked at the link between sleep duration and obesity in children. Most have found a convincing association between too little sleep and increased weight.

Recipe of the Week!

Crispy Fries

2 C turnips, jicama or rutabaga
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp paprika
Olive oil spray

1. Preheat oven to 425℉.
2. Line baking sheet with foil, lightly spray with olive oil.
3. Peel turnips, cut into fry-sized pieces.
4. Place in large bowl, toss with oil to coat. Mix in garlic powder, paprika and other spices that you’d like.
5. Spread out on baking sheet.
6. Bake until the outside is crispy and inside tender, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.