Why Skimping on Sleep is Sabotaging Your Metabolism - Zen Routine

Why Skimping on Sleep is Sabotaging Your Metabolism

You’re not new at this! You’ve been managing your metabolism with intention (at least on and off again) for years. You watch what you eat (most of the time) and you get regular-ish exercise; how are you possibly struggling to keep your weight in check? What if the key to boosting your metabolism could be as simple as getting a good night's sleep?

Hormonal changes related to metabolism can start to occur in a woman's late 20s or early 30s and become more noticeable over the next two decades. This is why we see a change in the way that our bodies respond to the nutrition and exercise regiments that got us through our younger years. Some of those key hormonal factors include:

  • Weight gain and bloating from decreased estrogen levels and metabolism
  • Muscle loss
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Increased stress levels

These not-so-fun changes can make it feel impossible to maintain a healthy weight as we creep out of our 20s and 30s. Don ‘t give up hope! Studies have shown that women between the ages of 35 and 55 who get enough sleep (7 to 9 hours a night) are more likely to have healthier metabolism and maintain a healthy weight compared to those who skimp on sleep. The calming and relaxing effects of the essential oils in Zen Routine's patented sleep pillow spray have helped many people achieve consistent and rejuvenating sleep habits

Sleep Is a Secret Weapon in Managing Metabolism

Here's how sleep helps to boost metabolism:

  • Balances hormones: Sleep helps to regulate the hormones that control hunger and fullness, such as leptin and ghrelin. Ghrelin signals your brain when you’re hungry, and also plays a role in the release of growth hormones and insulin as well as cardiovascular health. Leptin is produced in fat cells and lets your brain know when you have enough energy stored and feel full. This means that when you get enough sleep, you’re less likely to binge and more likely to feel satisfied after meals.
  • Increases energy levels: good sleep helps to refuel your body, leaving you feeling more energetic and ready to tackle the day. Who knows? That could pump you up to move more and increase your calorie burn. 
  • Promotes muscle repair: During sleep, your body works to repair and rebuild muscle tissue, which burns more calories even when you're at rest. Incorporating resistance training you’re your wellness routine will make your body work that much harder to repair muscle tissue in your sleep and increase metabolic activity. 
Lowers stress levels: Chronic stress can lead to an increase in cortisol levels, which can slow down metabolism. Ongoing elevations in cortisol have been tied to increased belly fat. Sleep helps to lower stress levels, keeping cortisol levels (and abdominal expansion) in check.
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