Thursday, March 17, 2016

Why Its Important to Get Your ZzZzZzzz

Sleep...something most of us don't get enough of and something that I also think is extremely underrated. I feel like everyone is in a routine of being constantly tired, that most of us don't even know what it is like to feel fully rested anymore. Sleep not only helps us feel our best mentally, but it is also a factor in our weight goals. A recent article from Duke Health states that, "Lack of sleep triggers the release of hormones that stimulate hunger and appetite, especially for those high-calorie, carbohydrate-dense foods like cookies, chips and ice cream..." and that "Going to sleep is the best way to satisfy that craving."

Another way that I like to think of it is this: Think about the energy you lose for every hour of missed sleep. During the next day, your body is going to crave quick sources of energy (cue the high fat/high sugar/simple carbohydrate snacks). Unfortunately, a diet high in these types of snacks will lead to an unwanted weight gain.

So, my challenge to you is to try and get 7-8 hours of sleep per night!

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