Our parents nagged us about it, we nag ourselves about it, and yet we struggle every day to get in a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Now there's evidence to show that those good nocturnal habits may be just what you need to help trim your waist.
There is substantial medical evidence to suggest some fascinating links between sleep and weight. Researchers say that the quantity and quality of your sleep may regulate the hormonal activity that is tied to your appetite.
We don't know the whole story yet, but most experts agree that if you're dieting, logging a few extra hours of sleep a week is not a bad idea. If you get six hours of sleep or less a night, you may discover that your hunger or cravings for sugary, calorie-dense foods may wane once you start to log eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.
So how can you sleep like a baby?
By practicing habits that will help you sleep through the night, you can have hormone levels that can help with weight loss. It's up to you, and not your mom, to set your bedtime for at least eight hours before you need to wake.
Megan Porter, RD