Want To Lose Your Belly? Check How Much You Are Sleeping

Posted: August 16, 2010 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

You eat healthy and exercise well but the scales refuse to budge? Sleep deprivation could be the reason! Medical research has established a strong link between sleep patterns and weight management. Turns out that improper and inadequate sleep can send your hormones and metabolism in a tizzy causing you to feel hungrier than usual and keeping your body from burning fat reserves. Here’s how a lack of sleep will affect your weight loss efforts: 1.- More cravings Physical and emotional stress is directly associated with higher levels of cortisol (also called the ‘stress hormone’) in the blood. This hormone interferes with the satiety center in the brain and makes you feel hungry even after you’ve had a meal. So the next time you reach out for some comfort food, you know what to blame. 2.- Slow metabolism Fewer hours of deep sleep can also result in lower levels of the growth hormone – the one that develops muscle mass and metabolizes fatty tissue. It doesn’t take a nuclear scientist to figure out where that will take you. Also, a tired body is ill-equipped to metabolize carbohydrates and tends to store them as fats. Slow metabolism increases blood sugar which may lead to insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. 3.- Low energy levels Lack of sleep can rrestrict your performance and productivity in all areas of life. A fatigued body responds dully to fitness plans and makes you less alert, focused and sharp. Doesn’t that give you enough reasons to grab some zzzz ? Here are some of my favorite essential oils with natural sedative properties: If you have been dealing with a sleep disorder or just plain old stress, here are some aromatherapy solutions that can help you get some sweet slumber. For best results use a combination of 2 or more of the above mentioned oils:
    1) Put a drop or 3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and tuck it under your pillow case.
    2) Add 10 drops of essential oils to a ¼ cup of Epsom salts and mix it in your bath water. Think relaxing thoughts and feel all your worries just melt away.
      3) Mix 1 oz of
Carrier Oil
    with a total 15 drops of sedative essential oils. Take ¼ teaspoon of this body oil blend and massage onto your solar plexus area, the area where all your worries and negative feelings reside. As you massage that area, you will free yourself from all stress and negative emotions.

Good night and sleep tight!

Aromandina recommends: Sereno line, a perfect combination of sedative oils: Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Petitgrain, Sandalwood and Palo Santo. Photo by Kodomut
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