Sleep and Muscle Mass are Connected

Sleep well when on a diet or lose muscle mass.

It has been shown that good sleepers and poor sleepers will lose about the same weight on a low-calorie diet.

So, why sleep? Because the weight lost will be mostly muscle and not fat without adequate sleep.

Dieters sleeping 8.5 hours per night will lose much more fat, while those on 5.5 hours lose mainly muscle, instead of fat. According to research from the University of Chicago published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

The authors concluded: The amount of human sleep contributes to the maintenance of fat-free body mass at times of decreased energy intake. Lack of sufficient sleep may compromise the efficacy of typical dietary interventions for weight loss and related metabolic risk reduction.

During sleep the body is producing new bone, muscular and nervous tissue, it is a period when growth and repairs occur – it is a heightened anabolic state.

Helping your patients understand the importance of sleep and how to achieve it naturally is a critical part of their care.

We find that many people can improve their sleep by following the iSleep® Five Principles of Healthy Sleep.

“Insufficient Sleep Undermines Dietary Efforts to Reduce Adiposity”Arlet V. Nedeltcheva, MD, Jennifer M. Kilkus, MS, Jacqueline Imperial, RN, Dale A. Schoeller, PhD, and Plamen D. Penev, MD, PhDAnnals of Internal Medicine October 5, 2010 vol. 153 no. 7 435-441