Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Too Little Sleep Can Lead to Too Many Pounds

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Too Little Sleep Can Lead to Too Many Pounds

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Sleep is as important to your body as breathing, and when you do not get enough, it can have far-reaching psychological and physical effects, including weight gain.

Stick with your daily exercise routine. As long as you are not exercising in the few hours before going to sleep, the activity should help you sleep better.

Drinking caffeine can affect your sleep for up to 12 hours. Alcohol may make you drowsy and fall asleep, but your sleep will be disrupted as your body metabolizes the drinks.

Finish dinner two to three hours before bed. Your body's core temperature falls when it is time to go to sleep, but food digestion causes your core temperature to go up. That means it is hard to fall asleep if you've eaten too close to bedtime.

Stay on a regular sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including on weekends. When your schedule changes, it can disrupt your circadian rhythm, which influences sleeping and waking.

Start a healthy pre-bed ritual. …

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