Welcome to Day 6 of the 7-Days of Healthy Habits

Today is all about sleep.

Insufficient sleep can affect your waistline and your health.

Welcome to Day 6 of the challenge. We are in the home stretch here!


Today, we’re diving into how important it is to get enough sleep.


Is getting adequate sleep really such a big deal when it comes to weight loss (or weight maintenance)?


Apparently so!


Did you know some studies show that insufficient sleep can affect your waistline (and your health)?


It makes sense when you think about it. I know I don’t make the best choices when I’m tired during the day, how about you?   


Lack of sleep can crush our willpower, making us more likely to make unhealthy choices. When you’re tired, you’re more susceptible to cravings for unhealthy foods. You are also more likely to reach for sugary drinks or snacks to help with your energy slump. 


Lack of sleep also boosts your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol levels are raised it causes your body to store fat, particularly around your midsection.


Sleep deprivation can also make you less likely to be active. Think about it - when you are already tired, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. The lack of exercise combined with increased cortisol levels can deliver a serious blow to your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.


So, this week, try to focus on getting more Z’s and see not only how you feel, but also, be aware of the food choices you make when you aren’t tired.


This takes planning too.  If you want to get 7-8 hours of sleep, what time do you need to go to sleep tonight?

 

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