How Sleep Influences Nutrition & Weight

Poor sleep can be a cause and result of excess body fat since sleep deprivation disrupts appetite-controlling hormones, insulin management, and blood sugar levels. Put a stop to poor nutrition and lead a healthier lifestyle by improving your sleep.


Just one night of poor sleep disrupts our leptin and ghrelin levels, two hormones that stimulate hunger and appetite, leading to a constant feeling of hunger, slower metabolism, and more stored fat. Poor sleep also tampers with stress hormone levels and our resistance to insulin, increasing the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and obesity.


Studies show that what we eat, when we eat, how much we eat, and how often we eat, play a significant hand in how we manage (or struggle with) our weight. We all know that exercise is an important factor into proper weight management, but we tend to underestimate how important our diet is for proper weight management and loss. No amount of exercise can truly compensate for poor dietary intake. To reduce our risk for type 2 diabetes, obesity, and overall poor well-being, we should focus on sleeping well, eating well, and exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.


Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Prioritize your sleep and aim for 7-9 hours each night. Exercise early in the day to boost metabolism and avoid heavy meals 3-4 hours before bed. Load up your plate with vegetables and fruit, lean protein, and a handful of grains, while limiting your daily intake of sugary, fatty, and processed foods. Proper sleep allows your body to prepare for the physical demands of the day while providing the energy you need to exercise and make healthy eating choices.