Sleep and insulin: when sleep deprivation leads to weight-gain


25197036_sIn the last years, we have finally started to understand which links exist between sleeping and body fat.

In other words, we understand why who sleeps less and uncomfortably has the tendency to put on weight, regardless of a balanced diet, while who sleeps enough and well usually stays thin, even if he stepped out of the “good nutritional path” a few times.

The correct way one has to interpret this mechanism is to pay attention and read all those “danger signals” sent by the organism in prolonged wakefulness.

Sleep limitation was linked only to defensive and warning mechanisms in the past. Still today, even though we do not live anymore in the Palaeolithic age, certain genes keep responding to danger signals, such as sleep deprivation indeed, by triggering energy saving mechanisms and the correlated fat deposition.

An American research group documented, in human subjects, the actual interference of sleep (and of its deprivation) on insulin resistance, both at the level of cells forming the adipose tissue and of those forming the whole organism.

Boston researchers published on the Archives of Internal Medicine the experimental demonstration of how the incidence of insulin resistance grew significantly on those subjects sleeping 4.5 hours/night for only 4 days when compared to those sleeping 8.5 hours/night instead.

Triggering insulin resistance is an easy way to put on weight and to allow the development of certain degenerative conditions linked with glycaemic imbalance (from steatosis to diabetes, from cancer to depression).

Being able to manage this life habit may finally represent a less-than-we-thought laborious phase of the leaning process.

A big help comes also from natural medicine. To tackle a difficult sleep regulation, the use of melatonin can help sleep cycles to reach a correct regulation.

Melatonin, despite being known as a natural substance able to induce sleep, also helps in achieving a healthy sleep/awake cycle, when used for a longer time; and it does not even cause addiction.

To support the action of insulin, along with a good night restorative sleep, we suggest the use of Magnesium Glycerophosphate and Chrome, both taken in the evening.

// by dr. Gabriele Piuri //