Nighttime Habit Makes You Fatter?! (Shocking)
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
There are a lot of reasons to hate belly fat.
Researchers call this type of fat “visceral fat,” and it’s been linked to metabolic diseases and increased risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
In women, visceral fat is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and gallbladder surgery.
In other words, belly fat is bad news.
While there are lots of things which increase belly fat, researchers are learning that something you probably never thought of can make it much worse.
In fact, this nighttime habit could make you fatter.
I’m talking about getting enough sleep.
You see, all fat is NOT the same.
Visceral fat – the kind of fat I mentioned earlier –deposits deep inside your belly and surrounds your internal organs.
Scientists have a way to measure the amount of visceral fat you have, and it’s been found to be linked to disease.
And now, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that not getting enough sleep led to an INCREASE in the number of calories someone ate the next day.
Not only that, this boosted eating resulted in an 11 percent increase in visceral fat.
This is a BIG problem, because other studies have shown that up to one third of folks don’t get enough sleep every night.
The researchers in this new study found that even catch-up sleep didn’t help – people still added more visceral fat when they had a bad night’s sleep.
So, what can you do?
The first thing is to pay attention to what you’re eating when you don’t sleep well.
Then try some of the following to get better sleep.
Dr. Scott’s Peaceful Sleep Program
- White noise. Many people use a fan or a white noise generator to drown out house noises and help them sleep. You’ll find plenty of white noise apps in your smart phone’s app store, or you can buy a white noise machine online.
- Be consistent. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time. Establishing a schedule and keeping it helps your body prepare for sleep.
- Use herbs at night. There are many herbs that can help you sleep, including chamomile, passionflower, hops, or valerian. You can take them as a tea or in pill form.
- 5HTP. 5 hydroxytryptophan or 5HTP is a neurotransmitter (a brain chemical) that helps boost mood-enhancing serotonin. It also helps raise melatonin levels in the body. People supplementing with 5HTP have shown can prove sleep quality better mood decrease pain perception and even improve digestion
- Melatonin. One of the best ways to help sleep is to use melatonin. We tend to produce less melatonin, a vital hormone, as we grow older. You’ll find melatonin at any vitamin or supplement shop.
Mayo Clinic. “Mayo Clinic: Lack of Sleep Increases Unhealthy Belly Fat.” 4/3/2022. https://scitechdaily.com/mayo-clinic-lack-of-sleep-increases-unhealthy-belly-fat/
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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