The Effects Of Poor Sleep On Your Fat Cells

The Effects Of Poor Sleep On Your Fat Cells

The Effects Of Poor Sleep On Your Fat Cells

The benefits of consistent sleep and its relationship to your weight cannot be overstated. We’ve discussed how poor sleep affects our metabolism when we don’t get enough sleep, but it can also have negative effects on our fat cells, which can further contribute to unwanted weight gain.

 Here’s how sleep genetically changes the way your body stores fat:

 The Inner Workings

Poor sleep throws your body’s regulating hormones out of whack, causing different signals to be sent to our brains about how much food you need. Oftentimes, this leads to overeating as your body thinks you’re constantly hungry.

When it comes to fat cells, it only takes approximately four nights of sleep to alter the way they store fat.1 A recent study found that after four nights, the body’s response to creating enough insulin and ghrelin had dramatically altered.2

This only drives home the importance of sleep on even the smallest parts of the body. After a night or two of poor sleep, you may feel tired and groggy. While you may feel better after chugging a cup of coffee, your body will continue to be thrown off unless you commit to getting plenty of shut-eye.

A Chain Reaction

Research has also found that fat cells have their own sleep/wake cycles, just like our bodies do.3 Because fat cells complete their job of processing and storing fat at different times throughout the day, it stands to reason that it only takes a few nights of poor sleep to throw off a fat cell’s circadian rhythm.

Once the fat cells have been thrown off, it starts to affect the entire metabolic process, which contributes to more hunger hormones being released (as previously mentioned). This chain reaction can have seismic after effects, which only drives home how vital the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per evening is.

How To Help Fat Cells

After more fat cells have been created, can they be reduced? Research suggests not so much. When fat cells in the body die off, they’re replaced by new ones, making them more difficult to “destroy”. While research suggest you may not be able to “get rid” of fat cells, exercise does make them smaller.4

Smaller fat cells make it easier to maintain your desired weight along with a good, consistent sleep schedule and healthy diet plan. It’s important to note that fat cells are not “bad” cells. They’re necessary for processing the food we eat.

As you can see, everything in the body is strategically placed to work like a well-oiled machine, further highlighting just how important it is to be taking care of yourself. When fat cells become too large and contribute to an unhealthy body weight, it may be time to start hitting the gym more often, making important changes in our diet, and getting the recommended hours of sleep each night. When we start to make positive changes in our daily routines, we’ll start to see more positive changes happen in our bodies, as well. 

For a list of incredibly effective ways to get a better night sleep, click here.... 

 

Sources:

 

  1. https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/why-sleep-no-1-most-important-thing-better-body
  2. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/even-your-fat-cells-need-sleep-according-new-research
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190225075605.htm
  4. https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/are-fat-cells-forever/

 

 

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