While you are working hard at your new healthy lifestyle, remember the importance of sleep.

As adults we need at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.

Sleep plays a major role in achieving successful weight loss.

Lack of sleep results in fatigue, which results in your activity level being low.  Sleep deprivation causes hunger pangs and cravings.  Lack of sleep can also cause hormonal shifts.

Think about it: If you’re feeling sleepy at work, you may be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee (or several cups) and a doughnut for a quick shot of energy.

When you are sleep deprived, your mind is not operating at it optimal level, you are running on low energy so you automatically reach for a bag of potato chips or other comfort foods; creating diet sabotage.

If you have excess of sleep, consult a doctor as you may have an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

When I have problems falling asleep, I drink some hot decaf tea, take a relaxing hot bath or meditate so I relax.  If none of those three work, I have to pull out the big guns, I go to YouTube and search for Velveteen Rabbit as read by Meryl Streep and play it as I close my eyes..15 minutes later I am out like a light and works every single time, without fail.

What do you do to make sure you get enough sleep in each night?



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