Exhausted Mamas Should Sleep In And Skip The Gym, Science Says

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There’s good new for those moms who want to sleep in an extra hour on the weekdays. A new study says that exhausted mothers should sleep in if they are feeling tired rather than hit the gym. In other words, you might be doing your body more harm than good if you force yourself out of bed for an early morning workout.

Many moms and health enthusiasts in general believe that the best way to stay fit is by committing to a weekly routine at the gym. But that might not necessarily be true. Research shows that moms who suffer from postpartum insomnia are better off doing their body a world of good by staying in bed then trying to make their SoulCycle class on time. Research shows that sleep provides out body with the fuel we need for the day, and is needed much more than an hour at the gym.

In fact, sleep expert Dr. Guy Meadows recently told Cosmopolitan UK that good sleep habits might also stem in a series of good choices made throughout the day. In other words, if you are not getting enough shut eye throughout the night, your body might be looking to replenish its loss of energy through food. So the less sleep you get, the more you might find yourself eating throughout your day.

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In addition, there’s also a good reason why moms often poke their heads in their refrigerators after the kids go to bed at night. It’s because of their lack of sleep. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that participates who were sleep deprived consumed an average of 385 calories more than their well-rested counterparts. If that weren’t enough, the participants were also more likely to reach for foods that were high in fight and low in protein.

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“Research demonstrates that after a poor night of sleep Ghrelin levels increase and Leptin levels decrease,” Meadows says. “Meaning we [feel] more hungry and yet less full, hence why we tend to eat more.”

As if you needed another reason to get at least eight hours of sleep, health experts also say that sleep loss is also tired to a rise in the levels of cortisol, a hormone that helps regulate metabolism and immune responses.

Even if you do wake up early and work out, it’s your amount of sleep that will either help or hinder your athletic performance. Without the right amount of sleep, you might find yourself gaining weight or going through the motions at the gym without any real effects. In conclusions, a healthy mom is a well-rested mom.

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