by Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom
Did you know that one of the major factors connected to weight gain is the lack of sleep? With our crazy, busy lives, we’re sleeping less than ever before. Most people are getting six hours or less despite the 7 to 8 hours nightly that is recommended.
Why is this a problem? When you’re sleep deprived, there are two big factors that cause you to overeat:
– You eat for energy to fight fatigue
– You lose mental focus and can’t stick to your lifestyle plan.
Plus, natural variations in body hormones can get out of whack with sleep deprivation, sometimes contributing to an increase in food intake.
We all fall back on between-meal snacking to wake up – when a power-nap is really what’s needed.
Look at your sleep habits – and see where you can make some small changes for at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Consider your “sleep hygiene” and have a comfy mattress, pillows, and a cool, quiet, darkened environment to make falling asleep easier.
Talk to your doctor for chronic sleep issues (for falling asleep and staying asleep), and don’t rely on over-the-counter products for more than occasional use.
Adequate sleep is a major tool for your weight loss toolbox!
Is sleep an issue for you? Post a note and let me know!