Get a Better Night’s Sleep to Lose Weight

Better sleep

Create a good sleep environment. (source: kevinrosseel/morguefile)

How did you sleep last night?  If you didn’t have a restful night, your lack of sleep may be affecting your food choices today.  A recent study found that when people are sleep deprived they tend to eat more junk food.  This finding may help scientists explain the link between sleep loss and obesity.

Sleep More, Eat Less

It might seem too good to be true, but better night’s sleep really can help you to eat less and make better food choices.  Wellness expert Chris Freytag explains why.  She says that it’s all about recharging our human battery.

“If you’re not getting enough sleep you ‘re going to turn to calories.  Because when people are tired they start looking for food and caffeine.”

Chris provided these tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

Simple Changes for Better Sleep

  1. Reduce noise and light.  Try to make your sleep environment cool and dark.  This might mean removing the television from your bedroom.
  2. Don’t charge your cell phone by the bed.    This creates a subliminal distraction that can affect your restful night.
  3. Invest in a good mattress. Be sure that you optimize your sleep posture by investing in a good mattress.

Why not give it a try?  Get a good night’s sleep tonight and let us know how you feel in the morning.  Chime in on the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss Facebook page or post your comment below.

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