Weight loss surgery typically involves a comprehensive weight loss plan that also includes changes to your diet and exercise routines. Unfortunately, carrots and marathons can be hard to incorporate into your routine, but there's one complement to surgical weight loss that's free, easy to do and completely effortless -- sleeping.

Here's how sleeping can help with your surgical weight loss journey:

1. Sleep repairs your body.

Weight loss surgeries are designed to help you, but you still need to heal after them. In particular, any incisions made during the surgery will need to heal, and sleep can help.

Sleep helps heal your body. During the first two hours of sleep every night, your body's production of growth hormones spike, and that helps you to heal as it encourages the growth of new cells and new tissue.

2. Sleep helps you stay in touch with your body's hungry and full signals.

Even after a weight loss surgery, you still need to pay attention to your diet, and you need to pay attention to when your body signals that it is hungry or full. That task is easier if you have ample sleep every night.

When you sleep, your body makes leptin, the hormone responsible for telling you when you are full. Without enough sleep, you're more likely to feel hungry even if you really aren't. In addition, if you don't get enough sleep, your body starts to make more ghrelin, the hunger hormone. Simply by not sleeping enough, you will feel hungrier, and that makes it harder to stick to your post-surgery diet.

3. Sleep increases your metabolism.

When you have ample amounts of sleep each night, it improves your metabolism. Metabolism is a complex process where your body breaks down molecules to create energy. The higher your metabolism is, the more calories you burn throughout the day.

In contrast, if you skip on sleep, your metabolism lowers itself, and even if you eat the same amount of calories, your body burns them slower. As a result, it's as if you ate more than you really did.

4. Sleep boosts your mood.

Research shows that people who get enough sleep are less likely to feel anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Depression has been closely linked to both obesity and overeating. In short, if you sleep enough, your mood is likely to improve, and your cravings and tendency to overeat are likely to subside.

Contact a company like Figure Weight Loss to learn more.