How Your Sleep Habits Might Be Affecting Your Weight

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Your overall health is upheld by good sleep habits.  Without enough sleep you might suffer from a wide range of health issues that include depression and heart conditions.  The question is, though, can poor sleep affect your weight?  Yes!  Getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy weight.

How to improve your sleep habits:

We make a lot of excuses for why we don’t get adequate sleep.  Some of us say that we don’t have enough time or that we need the TV on to go to sleep.  But there are solutions to these issues that any of us can use!  They help people lose weight and fight other health issues.

Common sleep habits that cause weight gain and how they can be prevented:

  • Going to bed too late– Sometimes we simply do not make enough time for sleep each day. We feel as if there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, so we sacrifice much needed sleep in order to make time for ourselves during the day.  This is when we need to make sleep a top priority.  No excuses!  Maybe we’ll have to cut back on a few activities, but the rewards of a full night of sleep are invaluable!
  • Still feeling tired – A lot of us feel drained each day, even after dedicating 8 hours for sleep at night. These tired and drained feelings can cause emotional eating and overeating of junk foods, which makes weight loss more difficult.  In this case, there is probably an underlying issue that is causing this lack of sleep, such as sleep apnea.  It’s important to get a check-up for possible sleep issues and find out what treatment options are available.
  • Falling asleep with the TV on – It’s a common habit. Using a TV or similar technology stimulates the brain, making it difficult for us to fall and stay asleep.  When trying to lose weight, we should turn off the TV and avoid technology use at least 30 minutes before we go to bed.  Reading a book or magazine are options.
  • Too much caffeine– A lot of us are addicted! Drinking too much caffeine, even 2-4 cups a day, can make it difficult to fall asleep.  After a lack of sleep, we need more to stay alert — this cycle is not a good one to enter.  Try reducing your intake daily.  Include more water in your diet and notice a big difference in how well you sleep each night.
  • Taking naps regularly – Naps can be easily incorporated into a daily routine, but they can sometimes disrupt your sleep pattern, making it more difficult to sleep at night. To get better sleep each night, try maintaining a regular sleep schedule that includes staying awake during the day and having a consistent sleep/wake time.  These subtle changes will make it easier for your body to adapt to your new routine and sleep more restfully every night.
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