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Sleep and Obesity

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Falling asleep easily but waking up during the night? One of the reasons for this may be what you had for dinner, after dinner or before bedtime. Although there are many factors that may interfere with sleeping through the night, food is a prime candidate to eliminate as a cause of nighttime awakening. Just when you thought you could enjoy your pre-bedtime bowl of ice cream or glass of wine to put you to sleep, there comes news that these may be the culprits in waking you up. 

But the good news is, it’s something we can control that may make a change.  How? I challenge you to take on a few changes that may make a difference:

  1. Slowly eliminate offending foods from your nighttime a routine – I know, you hate to give up your favorite things. So do I. There’s nothing more comforting than food we enjoy and find soothing before going to sleep, right?
  2. Leave at least 3 hours for your food to digest in an upright position before heading for bed.
  3. Add in a bedtime snack if you’re a bit hungry, but make it light, and make sure that you have a protein source along with your favorite carbs (more on this later).

SWEET DREAMS!

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Here’s a short quiz for you.

Question:  What’s one of the greatest benefits of getting enough sleep every night?

Answer:  WEIGHT LOSS AND LESS HUNGER THROUGHOUT THE DAY!!!

Wow.  How’s that for a free benefit you can do on your own, and without spending any money or buying any equipment?

Click here to read this great article from Psychology Today.

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In a study of children born in New Zealand in 1972, researchers recorded sleep diaries of children ages 5, 7, 9 and 11 and found their amount of sleep connected with their body mass index at age 32. Although not examining the mechanism by which sleep and obesity are related, the study is significant for the large number of participants as well as the length of time over which the study was conducted. This research is one more link in the growing connection between sleep and weight. Be patient. It takes time for this video to load.

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What does this mean?  This beginning research points us in the direction of looking at the connection between sleep and weight.  In our efforts to lose weight,  if the results of this study are replicated with  larger samples, sleep may be a crucial variable in losing weight and maintaining a stable weight.

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