Are You Getting Enough ZzzzZzzz?

Who doesn’t love to sleep? Now, having said that, everything should be done in moderation, including the number of hours we attribute to sleeping!images

Studies have shown “a lack of sleep promotes the expression of a gene linked to obesity”. According to the study, both sleeping too little (fewer than 6 hrs / night) and too much (more than 9 hrs / night) can be associated with weight gain. Both sleep quality and quantity affect appetite-regulation hormones, by not getting enough sleep, one is not as likely to feel satisfied after a meal. As a result, potentially leading to increased appetite.

So, the question is, are you getting enough sleep? Professionals recommend 8 hours a night. If you are not getting the 8 recommended hours, here are some tips for better sleep:

  1. Try to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning at the same time every day. This includes weekends.
  2. Limit food and beverages prior to bedtime.
  3. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine late in the day.
  4. Avoid TV and computer time 60 minutes before bedtime.
  5. If you need a nap, try to keep it to 20 minutes.

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