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Sleep For health and Weight Loss

Research shows that sleep is very important for weight loss. Most people understand that you have to eat less and move more for weight loss, however not much is mentioned about the importance of sleep for weight loss and for good health in general. 

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. If you are struggling to lose weight maybe you should have a look at your sleeping habits.

Lack of sleep can lead to food cravings and can lead to stressful days. This in turn can lead to erratic eating patterns, emotional eating, and increase in appetite and binge eating.

Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling low of energy and in turn you may reach out for a bar of chocolate, a bag of crisps or other comfort foods. It’s a vicious cycle, and eventually this sleep deprivation can sabotage your waistline and your health. If you are not getting good quality sleep your metabolism will not function properly.

A good nights sleep helps to lift your mood and makes you feel better. Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling irritated, can cause anxiety and can contribute to depression, it can affect your emotional well-being.

Research as shown sleep may possibly help you live longer and also impacts your quality of life. If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It can help improve performance, improve your memory and attention span.

Severe and recurring sleep deprivation can impair learning. Getting enough sleep can help to reduce stress and this has many health benefits such as; a better control of your blood pressure.

So what can you do to get a better nights sleep?

Try to keep a set sleep schedule and stick with it. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. A regular sleep routine keeps your biological clock steady so you rest better.

One hour before sleep give yourself time to wind down from your active day routine. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, relax in bed, reading with a small, low-wattage book light. You can also try practicing deep breathing or try meditation or soothing music.

Try to avoid TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. Some research suggests that screen time or other media use before bedtime interferes with the quality of our sleep.

Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Don’t overeat before bedtime. This can lead to discomfort and might keep you up at night. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle of the night trips to the toilet.

Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can affect the quality sleep. Also avoid alcohol, it might make you feel sleepy at first but can disrupt sleep later in the night.

Try to create an comfortable sleeping environment. e.g. cool, dark and quiet. Your mattress and pillow can contribute to better sleep so check these and check your pillow position.

Sleep makes you feel better, but it is importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, well-being and more.

How well do you sleep?

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Dal Dhaliwal is a health and wellbeing expert, educator and special advisor on physical activity. She is also an active professional speaker and TV/ radio presenter. Dal helps entrepreneurs and professionals with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She consults and presents for some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations within the wellness, sports and business arena.