One of the greatest problems most women I know complain about is sleep – not enough sleep, falling asleep, middle of the night awakenings, night sweats, and the list goes on. The problem is that too little sleep not only can leave you tired – both mentally and physically – but it can play a huge role in weight gain. As part of my Healthy Resolutions series, I want you to focus on making 2018 the year you get better rest, and I make it easy with my 6 easy tips for better sleep!
The latest sleep studies confirm that two important hormones – ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and leptin (the hormone that tells you “I’m full”) are regulated by sleep – or lack thereof. To boost leptin, which is a good thing when you are dieting, aim for 6-8 hours of sleep each night. If you get less than 6 hours of sleep, the level of ghrelin increases in the body (you don’t want too much of this hormone).
Now, there are times in our lives when we don’t have as much control over our sleep schedule as we’d like – for instance, parents may be lacking in sleep due to the needs of the babies or children. If you can’t get enough sleep each night due to children, you certainly don’t need to beat yourself up – just do the best you can.
But if your sleep issues aren’t kid-induced, it’s worth talking to your doctor about it. You can also employ these six easy tips to relax and sleep well throughout the night.
Let’s get fitter together – inside and out!
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