When you think about losing weight, getting more sleep probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
But mounting evidence suggests that adequate sleep might be just as important as diet and exercise when it comes to managing your weight.
One study from 2006, which included 68,183 participants, found that women who slept for 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (defined as an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% more likely to become obese compared with women who slept 7 hours.
Another smaller study from 2013 found that healthy adults who only slept for 5 hours per night for 5 nights gained an average of 1.8 pounds.
Here are 3 reasons why getting enough sleep may help you lose weight:
Establishing healthy sleep habits can help improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Reduce caffeine intake
Research suggests the majority of us can only tolerate around 400mg of caffeine each day, which equates to around 2 coffees. Anything above this will have a negative impact on your ability to nod off in the evening.
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