Official Sexy Abs Diet by Aprilanne Hurley

Quick Sexy Abs Diet Tip:  If your afternoon latte is keeping you tossing and turning at night, give yourself a caffeine cutoff of at least 6 hours before bedtime to provide your body with enough time to flush the caffeine out of your system.

Now the question we are looking at in today’s blog post is:  Does the amount of sleep we get really have an affect on our appetite?   And the short answer is:  Absolutely.  Read on to find out why it’s vital to get a “good night’s sleep.”   While there are reports one can actually lose weight while they sleep depending on how much they ate and exercised that day, and there is consistent research supporting that you will lose more body fat if you get the proper amount of sleep, this article explores how sleep, or the lack of it – can effect our appetite/hunger control hormones.Let’s take a look at some of the most compelling information out there on this topic, starting with research supporting that getting inadequate sleep can have an effect on your weight.

There is documented research to support that sleep deprivation can wreak havoc with a person’s hormones – specifically leptin and ghrelin.

Simply put, Leptin is released into the bloodstream by Adipocytes (our fat cells) to signal to the brain we have sufficient fat stores.  In this scenario, leptin acts as a natural appetite suppressor. The stomach releases ghrelin when it is empty to signal hunger.

So – when a person gets less sleep than their body needs – this sleep deprivation lowers the levels of leptin and raises levels of ghrelin.  This spiralling down process creates a one-two hormone punch that makes you want to eat more because the brain is getting signals that the body is starving, so you crave food.

The growing body of research on the relationship between the lack of sleep and weight gain suggests that if you are one of the millions of people looking to shed a few pounds, understanding how the lack sleep affects your hunger control hormones is a good place to start.  Especially when looking for easy and natural ways to shed a few pounds.  By working with your body and honoring its needs, your body will in turn work with you – and honor yours.

Another bonus to getting a good night sleep is you will naturally increase your happiness.  Think about it.  We all look and feel better when we’ve had a good night’s sleep, which increases our self-esteem, and makes it that much easier to rise and shine – and face the new day with a smile on our face and pep in our step.

Now repeat after me…I am sleepy…I am sleepy…I am zzzzzzzzz

Sweet dreams…Aprilanne

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Aprilanne Hurley is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Author of The Party Girl Diet, and Health Expert for California Living TV, the Bay Area’s original lifestyle show featuring California’s trends in food, travel, and healthy living.

Hurley’s Party Girl Diet book and Kindle (e-book edition) are available on  so you can Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight! The Party Girl Diet’s revolutionary new diet and lifestyle plan combines today’s ground breaking health and nutrition research with Hurley’s penchant for good living to provide a healthy, sustainable plan you will want to enjoy for the rest of your life!

Aprilanne Hurley SFN is available for one-on-one diet, nutrition, and lifestyle consultations.  Contact Aprilanne with your nutrition and lifestyle questions, or call 415.209.0722 and keep the party going!

This information is not intended to cure, prevent, or treat any illness or disease  sleep related or otherwise, and should not be construed as medical advice.  Always check with your doctor prior to starting any new diet or exercise regimen.

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