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Sleep For health and Weight Loss

Posted by on January 16th, 2015 with 0 Comments

Research shows that sleep is very important for weight loss. Most people understand that you have to eat less and move more for weight loss – however, not much is mentioned about the importance of sleep for weight loss and for good health in general. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. If you are struggling to lose weight maybe you should have a look at your sleeping habits too.
Lack of sleep can lead to cravings and can lead to stressful days. This in turn can lead to erratic eating patterns, emotional eating, and increase in appetite and binge eating.Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling low of energy and in turn you may reach out for a bar of chocolate, a bag of crisps or other comfort foods. It’s a vicious cycle, and eventually this sleep deprivation can sabotage your waistline and your health. Also if you are not getting good quality sleep your metabolism will not function properly.

A good night’s sleep helps to lift your mood and makes you feel better. Sleep deprivation can leave you feel irritated, can cause anxiety and can contribute to depression – it can affect your emotional well-being.

Research as shown sleep may possibly help you live longer and also affects quality of life. If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It can help improve performance, improve your memory and attention span. Severe and recurring sleep deprivation can impair learning. Getting enough sleep can help to reduce stress and this has many health benefits such as better control blood pressure.
So what can you do to get better night’s sleep?
Try to keep a set sleep schedule and stick with it. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. A regular sleep routine keeps your biological clock steady so you rest better.
One hour before sleep give your time to wind down from your active day routine. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, relax in bed, reading with a small, low-wattage book light. You can also try to practicing deep breathing or try meditation or soothing music. Try to avoid TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. Some research suggests that screen time or other media use before bedtime interferes with sleep.
Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Don’t overeat before bedtime. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and Nicotine. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can affect the quality sleep. Also avoid alcohol – it might make you feel sleepy at first but can disrupt sleep later in the night.

Try to create e an comfortable sleeping environment. e.g. cool, dark and quiet. Your mattress and pillow can contribute to better sleep so check these and your pillow position.

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, wellbeing and more.
Your in health, fitness and happiness,
Dal xx

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