Are you stuck trying to figure out why you’re gaining weight — or why it’s so difficult to lose
those extra pounds that just seemed to sneak up on you despite not changing your diet or
This is often referred to as Weight Loss Resistance – and it’s exactly how it sounds: weight that
just won’t budge no matter what you do!
Here’s one surprising reason why you might be gaining weight or experiencing weight loss
resistance: lack of good quality, restorative sleep. In fact, there are actually science-backed reasons why a lack of sleep can be a strong contributing factor to not being able to maintaining a healthy weight.
Why Lack of Sleep Causes Weight Gain
If you thought unsightly dark circles under the eyes were the worst outcome from cutting corners
on sleep, you may want to think again.
Sleep is of the utmost importance to nearly every bodily system and losing out on it, even just a
little, creates a vicious cycle in your body.
For example, where a healthy body weight may be of concern, the more sleep deprived you are,
the higher your levels of stress hormone (cortisol) will be, which tends to increase your appetite.
Then, once the appetite is increased, a lack of sleep also thwarts your body’s natural ability to
process sugar and carbohydrates – which of course is what you’re craving after a crappy night’s
Additionally, when you’re overtired, the mitochondria (little cellular factories that turn food and
oxygen into energy = metabolism centers) actually start to shut down. This causes glucose to
stay in your blood, and you end up with high blood sugar levels.
Insulin is a hormone whose job it is to signal the body’s muscle, fat, and liver cells to absorb
glucose from the bloodstream to be used for energy. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine
reported that skimping on sleep can cause fat cells to become less insulin-sensitive by up to
30% – meaning they lose their ability to use insulin properly.
Yet another reason you might pack on pounds when you’re lacking in sleep is because your
body goes into survival mode – much like when we deprive our bodies of too little energy &
calories. Therefore, survival mode = extra fat storage. (The body thinks it’s better to be fat than
And all of that isn’t even the worst of it!
Research says that just 30 minutes of lost sleep per day could make you more likely to gain.
Sleep could arguably be the most important thing a person can do if they’re ready to start a new
health optimization plan – and the first step is to make sleep a priority.
Sleeping isn’t just a time to rest — you’re actually nourishing your body just as you are when
you’re eating healthy foods. It may require some behavioral and mindset shifts on your part, but
your body (and booty) will thank you.
Why not try an cup of warm, comforting tea right before bed – every little bit helps, right?
Here’s an easy DIY Sleepytime Herbal Tea Blend recipe you can make in batches.
Sleepytime Herbal Tea Recipe Blend:
3 parts dried chamomile
2 parts each: dried peppermint and dried lemon balm
1 part each: dried lavender and dried passionflower
1/4 part valerian root (it is important to only add this much valerian root)
Fresh, filtered water
While heating water on the stove or in an electric kettle (up to 160 degrees F is optimal for
herbal tea), lightly mix herbs together in a bowl.
Place up to 1 Tb of herbal tea mixture into a tea infuser ball.
Place infuser into your fave mug, and fill it with hot, but not boiled water.
Let your tea steep for up to 5 minutes (but at least 2 mins) before removing the infuser ball.
Save any extra dry tea blend in an airtight container, and store it in a cool, dark, dry place. Will
keep fresh for several weeks.
Enjoy your cup of warm DIY Sleepytime Tea, and get more quality zzz’s!
Once you’ve completed all 4 exercises, rest for 1-2 minutes. Repeat for 2-3 sets total.
Eureka Alert: Losing 30 Minutes of Sleep Per Day May Promote Weight Gain
Annals of Internal Medicine: Impaired Insulin Signaling in Human Adipocytes After Experimental Sleep Restriction