The latest research reveals that sleep will help a person, especially those who want to be physically appealing, lose weight. Despite the common belief that taking a nap is one of the causes of weight gain, scientific explanations found out that aside from proper exercise and balanced diet, going to bed for at least eight hours per day is also a way of losing a person’s excessive and undesirable calories in the body.

Sleep restricts you from hunger

In a report by CNN, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum said that during sleep, a person’s appetite hormones called ‘leptin’ and ‘ghrelin’ are mostly made.

This hormonal imbalance can make a person feel hungry especially during nighttime even though that person is not necessitated to eat. This means that if people do not get enough sleep, they have a lesser sense of satiety which eventually leads to their craving for midnight snacks and munchies.

There are also researches which reveal that weight gains are mostly obtained when a person stays up late at night. ‘Night-owls,' especially those who shut their eyes for less than seven hours per day, are more prone to gaining more weight and in return, have a harder time to lose the pounds they gained.

Sleep kills more of your calories

During sleep, even though a person rests in bed, the body automatically does its job of burning some of the calories acquired throughout the day.

Research conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that persons who have enough sleep are capable of burning 20 percent more calories after every meal compared to those who are sleep-deprived. However, said research made it a point that if a person wants to lose more excess fats, sleeping alone is not the solution.

It must be coupled with proper exercise and a balanced diet.

Sleep helps you keep focused

Sleep is one of the best ways to keep your brain focused on the things that you need to accomplish. Accordingly, if a person is deprived with proper sleeping routine, the brain tends to function differently. A research conducted by Harvard Medical School found out that people whose brains are tired from work and stress have a different response towards food intake which could likewise result in overeating.

Also, if a person’s brain is focused and relaxed, there is a bigger chance that this person will have the capability to think and decide on the proper and healthier foods to eat while people who are exhausted and dead tired from work tend to eat whatever they want regardless of the food’s nutritional components.