“Early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise”. I am sure you have heard this phrase several times in the past. In all honesty, how many of us really follow this advice? Life is such a race for most of us that at times it is very difficult to retire to bed most days. When sleep finally comes to us, it is time to wake up the following day and we’re literally dragging ourselves out of bed.
It is important to standardize our bed time to ensure a healthy well-being. One needs a minimum of 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep to function energetically the following day. Getting to sleep earlier and for longer hours not only helps our metabolic rate, but also increases our chances of losing weight by reducing levels of certain fat-storing hormones.
Logic tells us that the longer we stay awake the more tempted we are to indulge in unnecessary eating habits, resulting in adding extra calories in our body. For instance, if we stay up watching a late night show or sit on the computer, not only are we depriving ourselves of sleep, we are also attracted to eating late night snacks like potato chips or drinking of caffeine and other food items that awakens the senses and keeps us stimulated and awake.
Inadequate sleep can only result in health risks such as increasing blood pressure and heart disease, not to mention doubling our chances of developing Diabetes due to insulin resistance.
Therefore, changing our lifestyle by incorporating exercise and regular sleep habits should better your health and improve the likelihood of successful weight loss.
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