Get a good night’s sleep

Get a good night’s sleep

Get a good night’s sleep…

Sleep improves your mood, energy, and most importantly, your health. If weight loss is one of your goals a good night’s sleep is an important piece of the puzzle.

We’ve all experienced a lack of sleep at one time or another. I have a hard time functioning when I don’t get enough Zz’s. As a result I typically end up making bad decisions trying to overcome the sluggish feeling.

According to WebMD research shows that chronic lack of sleep is linked to colds and flu, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, and even obesity.

Imagine that… if you don’t get enough sleep your body does not function at its optimal potential. Not too surprising. Our bodies require oxygen, water, vitamins, minerals, good nutrition, and sleep.

According to an article in the Huffington Post… Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat (56 percent of their weight loss) than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.)

Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep.

“Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain,” Dr. Rapoport says. “When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.”

Adults need an average of 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Oh man… implementing a healthy life-style takes commitment and time. Are you getting 7-8 hours of Zz’s every night? If not, what changes are you willing to make to get to bed earlier?