Saturday, April 2, 2011

Beauty Secret.... SLEEP! Weight Loss... SLEEP!

You have to watch the
    Movie "Avanti"  with Jack Lemon and Juliet Mills 
     (filmed in ITALY of course) va bene!  

Juliet Mills plays a "chubby" single English women in the movie and makes multiple reference to her weight problem.  In one scene she tells Jack Lemon that her Doctor told her to sleep more.  If she's sleeping she can't eat.   

Not so far from a scientific truth 

          Proper sleep aids in weight loss and weight management

I just was reading Daniel Amen MD (link) book on "change your Brain Change your Body.  He sites many studies that prove a relationship between weight management and sleep.  In his book he sates that  Stanford University found that people who sleep less have a higher body mass index (BMI) levels.   It seems that two important hormones, Ghrelin and Leptin, are affected by the amount of sleep you have.  I'm not going to go into all the detail  but Studies showed that when you don't get enough sleep, you feel hungrier and don't feel full regardless of how much you eat.

 Glamour Magazine (link) also took this idea and did an unscientific  study.   They enlisted 7 women to sleep at least seven and a half hours each night for ten weeks without changing their diet or exercise.  All seven women lost  from  6 to 15 pounds !

Ahhhh Sleep!  

"Sleep perchance to dream"

Benefit's of a good night sleep - Beautiful Skin
 Rejuvenates the skin
            Cell regeneration happens more quickly while you sleep, generating more new skin cells.
Reverse skin damage 
           While you sleep your skin repairs itself from daily Damage of UV rays, secondhand smoke
           and other environmental pollutants that cause premature aging and damage.
Prevents ACNE!
            As we sleep, the brain regulates the body's hormones.  Acne is a results of a hormonal imbalance.

Sleep deprivation slows reaction times, clouds judgement, affects vision and impairs information processing, and increases aggressive behavior.

Sleep Deprivation is a hazard to your health:

  • You are more inclined to drink more caffeine, smoke more, exercise less, drink more alcohol. 
  • Puts you at risk for Type 2 diabetes
  • Linked to mood problems and depression
  • More vulnerable to anxiety disorders
  • Increases ADD symptoms
  • Increases risk in developing Alzheimer's disease
Here are Two Links for Idea's on How to develop good "sleep" habits

Average Sleep Requirements by Age 
(sources: National Sleep Foundation, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Age Range   Number of Hours of Sleep
1-3 years old                    12-14 hours
3-5 years old                    11-13 hours
5-12 years old                 10-11 hours
13-19 years old                      9 hours
Adults                                       7-8 hours
Seniors                                        7 - 8 hours

I had heard before that Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners claim that the
 hours between 10 pm and midnight are especially powerful for rejuvenation. 

Some people, claim that an hour of sleep during these "power hours" is the equivalent of two hours of sleep later in the night, such that you wake up more refreshed even if you didn't manage a full 8 hours. 
For more information on Dr. Neetu Dhiman, see

As I have repeated over and over in my Blogs....  BALANCE

Weight problems
Sleep problems
 When you are faced with these issues think "BALANCE"   

Sleeping difficulties may be related to:
Poor nutritional choices during the day (BODY)
Lack of activity/exercise (BODY)
Maybe your body is fighting an illness (BODY)
Maybe  related to stressful life events  (MENTAL/SPIRITUAL)

There are any reasons for sleepless nights or lack of sleep
Maybe medication  you need to take
Too much caffeine
Chronic pain
GI problems
Sleep Apnea
etc. etc. etc.
IMBALANCE of your Body, Mind Spirit

Ephesians 4:26  

 Don't go to bed angry. 
Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.

  When it comes to having "problems with sleep" 

When ever you have a symptom (problems with sleep).... 
please DON'T just treat JUST the symptom
go on a self discovery to find the ROOT of the SYMPTOM
so you can find HEALING and Wellness

Passionately pursue finding BALANCE in your LIFE

"Sleep perchance to dream"

Ciao and Buona Fortuna 
          to your Journey of Seeking 
                       HEALTH and WELLNESS!