Sleep and Weight Loss

Although cutting calories and increasing activity are a big part in weight loss, there has been significant evidence that adequate sleep also plays a role. People who don’t get enough sleep are awake longer (obviously..) which gives them more time to consume calories. It has been shown that watching television late into the evening often leads to snacking. This late night snacking is generally a high-calorie, high-fat snack instead of a nutritious low-calorie snack. Also, lack of sleep creates stress on the body – everyone knows that stress often leads to stress related eating. Lack of sleep has many negative affects on the body, not just weight problems.

Are you getting enough sleep? Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

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