Why seven to nine hours of sleep each night can help
Counting calories, tracking sugar, avoiding alcohol — for all the effort that many of us put into losing or maintaining weight, what if you could help yourself in a significant way by something as simple as getting the right amount of sleep?
The need for energy
If you’re feeling lethargic because of a lack of sleep, you might turn to food for the energy to power through.
In addition, when people are sleep-deprived, they tend to gravitate towards certain types of foods – usually those that give a rush of energy. These foods are more likely to be simple carbohydrates, or higher in sugar or fat.
While these types of foods may provide an initial rush, they will leave us with a crash later and eventually lead to weight gain.
The impact of one small change
Going to bed a little earlier, can help us feel better for weight maintenance and for our overall well-being
Good sleep hygiene isn’t just for people who are overweight or working on weight loss – it’s important for everyone.
Just getting a little more sleep can help you lose weight, but it’s also going to help you focus better; it’s going to help your mood, help your irritability; make you a safer driver, and more productive at work, just that little behavior change can have an enormous positive cascade on a lot of different health behaviors and health outcomes.
Getting enough sleep is just one part of the weight-loss puzzle. You have to take care of yourself to eliminate eating as a way of coping.
When we think about managing weight or losing weight, it’s hard to simply focus on diet and exercise, because other behaviors, such as managing stress, getting a good night’s sleep, can play an important role as well.