Lack of sleep is a symptom that signals that something else is happening in the body.
One of the main reasons why people don’t lose weight is because they are not getting enough sleep.
There are a lot of reason why people can’t sleep but the main reason is usually accumulated stress.
Usually, someone who sleeps passes through five stages: 1, 2, 3, 4 and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These stages progress cyclically from stage 1 through REM and then begin again with stage 1. A complete sleep cycle takes an average of 90 to 110 minutes, with each stage lasting between 5 to 15 minutes.
The sleep cycle always starts with light sleeping, stage 1. I like to call this state “mother sleep.” In this state, you are sleeping but still aware of the noise and any stimulus in your environment. So if someone calls your name or if a baby starts to cry, you will hear it.
In stage 2, eye movement stops and the brain waves become slower with only an occasional burst of rapid brain waves. The body begins to prepare for deep sleep, as body temperature drops and heart rate slows down.
When a person enters stage 3, extremely slow brain waves called delta waves are interspersed with smaller, faster waves. This is a deep sleep. It is during this stage that a person may experience sleepwalking, night terrors, talking during one’s sleep, and bedwetting.
In stage 4, deep sleep continues as the brain produces almost exclusively delta waves. People roused from this state feel disoriented for a few minutes.
During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, brain waves mimic activity during the waking state. The eyes remain closed but move rapidly from side-to-side, which is perhaps related to the intense dream and brain activity that occurs during this stage.
It’s impotent to know that 90% of the fat we burn happens in the presence of deep sleep. So if you are not sleeping at night, it will be super hard for you to lose weight.
The hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycle is called adrenaline. It is secreted by the adrenal gland, specifically during times of stress where it increases your rate of blood circulation, breathing, and prepares your muscles for exertion. If we are stressed all day, the adrenal gland will be overactive and our body will have a harder time falling asleep because it thinks we are in danger (fight and flight).
So if we live a lifestyle that causes us to accumulate stress we will not be able to sleep or lose weight.
Once we start reducing the amount of stress in our lives we will have an easier time sleeping and losing weight.