How does sleep affect your weight loss efforts?

Sleepless woman lying in bed looking at the hours pass by

Sleep is very important for your body not only physically but mentally. While you sleep, your brain and body perform a number of different jobs needed for your mental and physical well-being. These include:

  • Recovering from days activity and getting you ready for next day
  • Giving your mind some rest and boost your mood
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Helping you learn and make memories
  • Producing hormones that help you build muscle, repair cells and tissues, fight infection and control your appetite

When you don’t get proper sleep, you interrupt your body from completing this essential jobs. As a results, you will suffer from consequences of insomnia which include:

  • Major health issues-such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and increased risk of stroke
  • Mental health conditions-including depression and anxiety
  • Trouble fighting off infections and illnesses-like the flu
  • Not feeling energized or alert throughout the day
  • Accidents-at home, at work and while driving
  • Problems remembering things, paying attention, thinking clearly, performing tasks, making good decisions and reacting quickly
  • Substance abuse

It is very important that one gets a good night sleep.  Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night to feel well rested. As you get older, your body’s clock tend to move forward. So after age 65, you may get tired earlier and wake up earlier. But you still need roughly the same number of hours of sleep. Nowadays, there are many devices to track your sleep style= at bedtime.

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