A lot of people who suffer from insomnia complain that they seem to put on weight. This is a very common statement from other people with sleep problems, and doctors are a bit baffled. So, can sleep problems affect your metabolism? Yes, they most certainly can and it has made us look again at many remedies which are traditionally associated with insomnia. Should we be looking at sleep, and metabolism, in a totally different way? The fact is that we should, and maybe the answer to better sleep is to eat more before bedtime. Could someone with insomnia be waking up because their brain is hungry?
How to sleep better
We don’t need to eat a heavy meal to sleep better. Most of us don’t eat at all before going to bed, but the fact is that we should eat something before we go to bed. I have always eaten before I have gone to bed, and my snack always consists of a milky drink, a couple of oats biscuits with honey. After my little bedtime snack, I find that I sleep really well and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.
My brains have happily produced and increased the level of tryptophan, and melatonin while I slept. I am not rested and ready to go again, but I do notice that I am always really hungry in the morning. But, even if I feel hungry now, my brain had enough energy to let me sleep and carry out the function of metabolism.
Hungry in the morning – a good sign
If you wake up and you are hungry in the morning, your body is working really well. It means that when you slept, the waste management system stepped in and did its job. Your body was able to divert it is energy to all of the food and nutrition that you had taken in during the day. In other words, it had been working on metabolism.
You will notice this as you may need to go to the toilet straight away, and you may even have some stardust in your eyes. Even stardust is evidence that metabolism has taken place. If you don’t sleep well, the process cannot take place without interruption. As a result, you will find that other systems within your body do not work that well. You may even suffer from problems with constipation which a lot of people with insomnia do.
Sleep is becoming a very precious commodity in this day and age. I am forever removing my daughter’s iPad before she goes to bed, and I make sure that her other mobile devices do not go anywhere near the bedroom. She goes to bed after a warm milky drink, a couple of biscuits and a cuddle. As a result, she is happy and healthy sound sleeper, and at the same time the right weight for her age.
I notice that the kids at her school who are allowed to take their mobile devices to bed, are all on the heavy side and always seem tired. This is an important lesson for adults as well, and we should also leave our mobile devices behind.
Exercising is good but you should really stop exercising well before bedtime. Have a nice warm shower or bath, and put something cozy on. Start to relax, and get ready for sleep. You will probably find that after a good night’s sleep, you will feel “lighter” Just another indication that metabolism has taken place. Can sleep problems affect your metabolism? Yes, they certainly can, and this is true now more than ever.