Sleep and Weight

If lack of sleep (insufficient rest) is causing your weight gain then the solution is easy to figure out, but not so easy to implement. You nee to be getting more and better rest. The Average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. If you’re not getting enough quality sleep your weight can increase, but that’s not the only thing that sleep affects. Lack of sleep increases accidents, decreases cognitive ability, increases heart problems, speeds the aging process, and decreases sex drive. The reasons for the effect on weight is that lack of sleep affects your hormones that regulate hunger, metabolism, appetite.

To help you sleep there are many things that you can do. This may mean adjusting your bedtime schedule or routine. It may be as simple as getting a new pillow or bed. It will be different for every person, but improving your rest will benefit your whole health, and that includes your weight. Here are some simple things that you can do to improve your sleep:

  • Have a sleep schedule , even for weekends
  • Have a bedtime ritual
  • Exercise
  • Find your ideal sleep environment including light, sounds and temperature.
  • Get a quality bed (Intellibed) and pillow that is comfortable for you .
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Avoid electronics before bed.
  • Know your best sleep postures.

Thank you to Dr. Posture and the National Sleep Foundation for their great charts.

 

 

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