How Your Sleep Routine Might Be Affecting Your Weight


Most of us have heard about the importance of sleep for our health.  Not getting enough sleep can lead to issues such as depression and premature skin aging.  Poor sleep habits can also affect a person’s weight.  If you’re looking to lose weight, part of your routine should be monitoring sleep.  Make sure you’re getting enough.  Pay attention to some of the common habits people have regarding sleep that make them gain weight

They take naps during the day and have trouble sleeping through the night. 

If you get used to taking naps regularly, your nighttime sleep could be difficult.  It’s important to go to sleep at a regular time at night and wake up at a regular time as much as possible.  Staying awake during the day makes this easier.  Of course it’s normal to feel like you need a nap every once in a while, but making it a habit can be detrimental to a healthy sleep/wake routine.

They use too much technology (looking at the TV and computer monitor) before bed.

A lot of people choose to watch TV before bed or even fall asleep with it on.  Or, they’ll browse the Internet until bed.  This use of technology stimulates the brain, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.  It’s best to give yourself a half an hour without technology before attempting to go to sleep.  If you enjoy reading, don’t look online–read a book instead.

They consume a lot of caffeine.

Caffeine addiction is very common.  It’s typical for a person to have up to 4 cups of coffee each day. Some have more, of course.  Even drinking 2-4 cups per day can make it difficult to fall asleep at night. When you don’t get enough sleep at night and you’re addicted to caffeine, you use it in order to function during the day–so you’re repeating a cycle that needs to be broken.  Reducing caffeine consumption a little bit each day and replacing with herbal tea or water is a good step towards achieving an excellent night’s sleep.

Their bedtime is too late.

Sleep needs to be given a higher priority in many people’s lives.  Some just treat the night hours (when they need to sleep) as time to make up for time they believe they lost during the day.  Cutting back on extra activities and not starting too many new ones is a good step towards making sleep a priority.

They feel tired after a full night of sleep.

It’s possible that another issue, such as sleep apnea, is occurring when you’ve slept for eight hours, but still feel very tired throughout the day.  This drained state makes people want to eat junk foods and emotionally eat, which makes it incredibly difficult to lose weight.  Speak with your doctor if you think you might have an underlying condition causing your drowsy feelings, even after sleep.


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