Battling Fat? Get More Sleep

weightThe latest findings of researchers indicate that sleep can actually help you lose weight. On the other hand, lack of sleep can cloud your mind, affect cognition, contribute to weight gain and raise your risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

An article from has featured several insights on how sleep can actually help you lose fat.

  • Sleep deprivation tends to lead to overeating. This is because as researchers have observed, lack of sleep makes people vulnerable to the calls of fast food, pizza and candy.

  • Short sleep affects hormones that influence hunger and satiety, experts say, and the brain's reward center becomes more active, making you crave carbs and fat.

  • A pattern of insufficient sleep raises your risk for obesity, and diabetes, too. Restricting sleep and disrupting the body clock lowered metabolism and spiked blood glucose levels after eating breakfast, a sign that the insulin-producing pancreas isn't fully doing its job.

  • Disrupted circadian rhythms can give rise to decreased blood insulin levels

  • Just one week of less than six hours of sleep per night disrupted the activity of some 700 genes, including ones associated with metabolism and the body's immune and stress responses.

  • Artificial light from screens may suppress melatonin, which plays a role in the sleep cycle.

  • Higher quality sleep improved glucose levels and insulin sensitivity possibly as much as some oral diabetes medications.

  • People who regularly get less than the optimum amount of sleep have been observed to eat 200 to 500 more calories per day than people who do not.

  • Blue colour is the most circadian-disrupting colour.

  • When you drop below 6 ½ or six hours of sleep, you need sleep more than you need to exercise.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.