Ingredient #5 – A Good Night’s Sleep
The 5th essential ingredient to healthy weight is making sure that you have a deep and thorough sleep every night. Sleep is all too often overlooked when it comes to weight loss. Yet, its importance can’t be overstated. Have you ever noticed how much hungrier you are after a poor night’s sleep? And have you ever used food as a means to keep you awake during the day? Here’s why. When you don’t get enough sleep, you create an imbalance in the hormones that control your appetite. This imbalance is such that your appetite is much greater when you don’t get enough sleep. Lack of sleep causes you to eat more food!
Sleep is also an important key to maintaining the balance of many of your other hormones such as growth hormone and thyroid hormone. Both of these are key to helping you maintain a healthy weight. A healthy sleep increases production of both of these hormones.
Along with helping you lose weight, sleep is vital for your overall health. Your body performs most of its healing, restorative and detoxifying functions during deep sleep. While not everyone has the same need for sleep, in general, most healthy adults require 7 to 9 hours every night.
If you have trouble sleeping, there are many things you can do to improve this. One key is to eliminate any light in your room while sleeping and to avoid brightly lit screens such as TV and computer within a few hours of bedtime. You may also consider a Melatonin supplement.
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