Snooze to Lose

Sleep is as important to weight loss as diet and exercise. Tonight as you tuck in for an extra hour of sleep consider this:

  • According to a 16 year study of nearly 70,000 middle-aged women presented at the 2006 American Thoracic Society International Conference those who slept five hours were 32% more likely to gain weight and 15% more likely to become obese.
  • Women who slept six hours per night were still 12% likely to gain weight compared to those who slept seven hours per night.
  • Inadequate sleep can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. People who do not get enough sleep may also crave carbohydrates.

A good night sleep starts with a relaxing pre-bed routine. Listen to some soothing music, enjoy a cup of non-caffeinated tea, or have a warm bath. Cut the coffee in the afternoon and limit the alcohol.

Your bedroom should be dark, cool and quiet. A comfortable bed is an important investment in your health. Limit distractions in your bedroom. That may mean relocating the TV and computer to another room. You might also want to keep pets off the bed as well.

A good night’s sleep allows your body to regenerate and recharge. When you wake up refreshed you have more energy to face the day.

Sweet dreams!


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