Fitness

You Need Sleep…

March 6, 2013 by Anna M. Clausen in Fitness, Health
Intuitively most of us realize that, despite our best intentions, we rarely get enough sleep each night. Unfortunately, the results of even a minor “sleep deficit” can become quite noticeable in our appearance, function and cognition. Lack of adequate sleep is frequently cited as one of the primary causes of weight gain and nearly all experts agree that you need between 7 and 9 hours of consistent sleep each night. A 2004 study published at the Public Library of Science looked at the sleeping and eating habits of over one thousand subjects and determined that those who slept less than 7 hours a night had a SIGNIFICANT increase in both body mass index and appetite. Another study that was published in the June 2006 International Journal of Obesity found that deficits in sleep were a major predictor of weight gain, obesity, Type II Diabetes, and Heart Disease. Clearly, our sleep habits are likely to have a dramatic impact on our overall health and well-being.

If you want to begin feeling better as early as tomorrow morning, simply turn off your TV, radio and/or light a little earlier tonight to ensure that you get a full night’s sleep. Then try to make getting to bed early EVERY night a top priority. Before you know it, you’ll be experiencing greater health and happiness in your everyday life.

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