Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weight Loss Tip #7 - Sleep

Getting enough sleep is vital to weight loss.  Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep per night.  Many people think that it is no big deal to sleep less than what your body requires.  And many people believe their body only requires 6 or less hours of sleep.  They are just kidding themselves.  Lack of sleep can create many problems including (but not limited to) aging, accidents, memory loss, depression, judgment impairment, and irritability.  Longer term effects of not getting enough sleep include weight gain, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.  When you are tired, you will be looking for ways to get energy throughout the day.  Most people eat or drink caffeinated beverages.  Not only do most people eat, they eat junk food because they want energy NOW!  What sounds good when you are tired is different then when you've had a good night's rest.  I know because I've been there.  After a night of sleeping poorly or not getting enough sleep, all I can think about is getting something sweet like a donut and a cup of coffee to help pick up my energy quickly.  It becomes a roller coaster ride you can't get off.  All that caffeine and sugar keeps you from falling asleep.  The solution is to take a sleep aid in pill or liquid form meaning a pharmaceutical drug or an alcoholic beverage.  Both of these solutions will leave you tired in the morning even if you did get some sleep.  Even one sleepless night can wreck havoc on your body for days.  If you have problems sleeping, please see may posting on how to get a good night's sleep.   I've listed many tips to help you get a good night's sleep.    

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