My father was right about sleep…

When we were kids, my brothers and I used to tease our father who always insisted that getting enough sleep was the answer to everything.

And now, it looks like he was right and new studies are showing that not getting enough sleep is actually associated with a host of health concerns:

♦ Weight gain and overeating

♦ Feeling more hungry, especially craving simple carbs like sugary foods and bread

♦ Feeling more emotional and reactive

♦ Less efficient immune system

♦ Diabetes

♦ Cardiovascular disease

Sleeping less than 7-8 hours per night can make it more difficult to stick to healthy food choices which, in turn, lead to lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Here’s why:

♦ Disrupted cortisol secretion (stress hormone) which affects food choices

♦ Increased insulin resistance which makes us more likely to put on fat, particularly around the stomach area.

♦ Increased levels of the hormone ghrelin, which controls hunger

I know that I really need to make more effort to go to bed earlier on weekdays. What about you, how would you describe your sleep habits?

(The koala photo was taken on The Great Ocean Road in Australia by my hubby – like most of the photos on this blog).

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6 Comments

  • Vanessa on Feb 13, 2013 Reply

    Ohoho, I could not agree more with your father’s advice :-) My old doctor is saying that whenever one starts having the symptoms of a cold, the best remedy is to sleep or at least lie down for a few days…

    • Hiba on Feb 14, 2013 Reply

      I do that and I hardly ever get colds or the flu!

  • Nelly on Feb 12, 2013 Reply

    It is gratifying to read your notes about the benefits of sleep. I still feel the need to sleep 8 hours, but I can hardly make it, probably because I have a nap at noon.Love. Papa(Khalil)

  • berenice on Feb 12, 2013 Reply

    i LOVE to sleep and find it hard to sleep less than 8 hours.. but it’s not always compatible with working or social life 😉

  • Hiba on Feb 12, 2013 Reply

    It took 32 years, but better late than never!

  • Nelly on Feb 12, 2013 Reply

    Papa is not here to read this , but I am sure that he will be very proud and happy to see his daughter at last agree with what he Had always preached :)

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