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Sleep and Weight Loss:  Is There a Connection?

Does the quality and amount of time you sleep actually affect your weight loss efforts?  Well, according to the research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, when dieters were tested on different sleep schedules, it was found that those dieters who were sleep-deprived had a 55% reduction in fat loss when compared to those who had a good night sleep. In fact, researchers discovered that the sleep pattern affects long term weight more than diet or physical activity.  That’s because people who are sleep deprived are less likely to exercise and more likely to “veg-out” in front of the TV and eat junk food. Also, hormones, which play a role in regulating the appetite, can be affected when a person doesn’t get enough sleep.  University of Chicago researchers found that within a few days of sleep deprivation, insulin sensitivity dropped by more than 30 percent. The research just keeps coming, and one thing is clear – you need to get some sleep! 

Here are some natural suggestions that may help you to get more sleep:

If you want to live a healthy life and maintain an ideal weight, it is imperative that you get a good sleep every night.  It is just as important as having a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. 

So, does more sleep mean more weight loss? Well, there must be a balance. A study from Northwestern Medicine found that people who slept longer actually ate as much as 248 more calories at dinner and in the evening.  The study also reported that these people tended to eat only half as many fruits and vegetables as they should.  That many calories may lead up to two pounds of weight gain per month if exercise is not part of your daily diet.

A healthy lifestyle is about balancing good nutrition, good mental health practices and healthy, safe exercise.    If you are unable to get a good night’s sleep, speak to your doctor to find out what may be the reason for your poor sleep. 

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