Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation leads to all sorts of changes in your body that promote weight gain. Most experts agree that 7-8 hours a night is the optimal sleep time for adults. And studies bear this out: sleep for 6 hours and you are 23% more likely to be obese (than those sleeping 7-9 hours); 5 hours and odds increase to 50%; 4 hours and there’s a 73% increase. Here are some tips for improving your sleep:

  • Use a CPAP if you need it for sleep apnea
  • Follow a consistent bedtime routine
  • Establish a relaxing setting at bedtime
  • Get a full night’s sleep every night
  • Avoid caffeine or any other stimulants before bedtime
  • Don’t focus on problems or worries at bedtime
  • Don’t go to bed hungry or too full
  • Avoid rigorous exercise within six hours of bedtime
  • Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and a little cool
  • Get up at the same time every morning
  • Turn off lights and electronics

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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