Is There a Correlation Between Sleep and Weight Loss?

I was in London in October (2014) to give a talk on Spiritual Applications of Hypnotherapy Techniques at the annual conference of the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. I’ll tell you more about my talk in a different post.

What I want to address now is a talk given by another speaker, Dr. Neil Stanley. His talk was entitled “Everything you wanted to know about sleep but were to sleepy to ask”. It was a fascinating presentation, and what really stood out for me was the correlation between sleep and weight loss.

Many people are concerned about the extra pounds they carry, and are looking for the many culprits that may be leading to weight gain and retention. And many of these people are seeking answers through hypnotherapy. Of course, client-centered hypnotherapy can help anyone find the underlying cause of their weight retention, sleep now has emerged as another factor to be considered.

Think of how often you turn to food because you are tired, exhausted, lacking energy, feeling foggy, or can’t think well. These are the very symptoms a person may have if they are not getting enough sleep. Perhaps instead of sugar, caffeine, or just shoving food into the face, the answer is in getting more sleep!

It is well known that the average person needs between 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. How often are you getting that much? I have started asking my clients about their sleep habits, and finding that most people are stating that they get more in the neighborhood of 6.5 to 7 hours. While each individual will have their own unique requirements, it is fairly safe to say that this is not enough over the long run.

I am not a doctor and did not do independent research on this topic, but I personally am changing my habits and am getting 8 or more hours per night now. I love it!

I had been very resistant to going to bed early enough to get that much sleep. There was a part of me that thought if I went to bed by 9:00 pm or even 10:00 pm, I was declaring myself as old and boring. I would stay up finishing projects, reading, watching television, surfing the net, and answering emails until midnight or 1:00 am. Yet, every morning I needed to start my day at 6:30 or 7:00 am. I was ignoring the math that said that I was only getting 6.5 to 7 hours of sleep at night.

Now that I have given myself permission to get a minimum of 8 hours nightly, I find I am in bed by 9:00 pm on some evenings! Now, when I awaken between 6:00 and 6:30 in the morning, I am refreshed, remember my dreams better, have more energy, and have less cravings.

Just some “food for thought” as they say. If you are struggling with weight issues, I would be happy to work with you. And meanwhile, experiment with what happens when you get more sleep. Feel free to leave your comments below on any results you are getting.

Sweet dreams!