In this interview, Dr. Breus discusses the relationship between sleep and weight. Listen up for the connection between hormones and weight gain. You’ll also learn how sleep affects those hormones. (Here’s a hint… sleep deprivation can cause weight gain and plateaus). He also talks about the best time for couples to engage in intimacy! This interview will blow your mind and help you prioritize sleep ASAP! This is part 1 of a 2 part series.
Dr. Breus (AKA “The Sleep Doctor“) is an author, speaker and authority on sleep in the media. His appearances on Dr. Oz, CNN, Oprah, The Today Show and more, speak to his specialty. You cannot expect to do anything well, or live your best life without quality sleep. But what is quality sleep? Well, you gotta let Dr. Breus tell you all about it! Enjoy this eye-opening episode! (Short on time? Read his top 5 tips here from his book).
Dr. Breus on the amount and quality of sleep you get…
1. When we are sleep deprived, our metabolism slows down and doesn’t expend the energy we want. The theory is that your body wants to hold on to resources because it doesn’t know why it’s still awake. So basically it goes into idle and doesn’t burn as many calories.
2. When you’re sleep deprived, your fight-or-flight response kicks in and your cortisol levels raise. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and elevated levels can burn out your adrenal glands and increases your appetite.
3. Hormonally there are changes as well! Be aware of ghrelin, this is the hormone that makes you hungry. You have 20% MORE ghrelin when you are sleep deprived. Leptin is the hormone that makes you want to stop eating and when you are sleep deprived, you have 15% less leptin.
4. Lastly, let’s address food! High carbohydrate and high sugar foods release serotonin, the feel good hormone.
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