The Healthy Doctor Sleep Challenge: Sleep More, Weigh Less!

It’s true – possibly the easiest way to facilitate weight loss! You all know by now that I’m serious about healthy eating and exercise, but I also believe there is more to maintaining health than just what you put in your mouth and how active you are. Sleep is a big part of this; and a study has shown that women who get less than 6.5 hours sleep a night weigh more than women who get 8-8.5 hours a night. Sleep restriction may affect the hormones that control your metabolism and appetite. So if you’re struggling with weight loss, why not try fixing your sleep habits? Go to bed at the same time every day and aim to get your quota of sleep every day (for most people it’s probably eight hours, but this may vary. Be wary of overtiredness masking how much sleep you need – chronically sleep deprived people often feel like they need less sleep but actually their bodies are all out of whack). Getting enough sleep may also mean that you finally feel energetic enough to do some exercise! :)

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