Sweet Dreams are Critical for Healthy Awake Time

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Sleep is a key component to healthy living and is directly related to appetite and your Body Mass Index (BMI) – an indicator for body fat. Sleep is just as important as exercise in the mix of a healthy lifestyle.

The average amount of hours a person sleeps now versus 5 years ago has decreased by almost 20%. And this difference has been directly correlated to an increase in weight throughout America – with 2/3 of Americans being overweight.

With an average of 8 hours of sleep your body will produce hormones in proper amounts that regulate appetite – the feeling of fullness after meals and hunger pangs throughout the day. When you lose out on adequate sleep, your hormones are off balance and you will feel hungrier, leading to eating more food, and you will not feel as full after an average size meal, leaving you less satisfied.

Without sufficient sleep your energy level drops quickly, leaving you less motivated to make time for workouts and also tempting you to eat sugary, starchy foods that give you a boost. However, these boosts are only temporary and leave you wanting more way too quickly with unhealthy blood glucose level spikes.

Tips for a proper night’s sleep: get on a sleep schedule with a regular time to go to bed, avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine in the evening, don’t expose your mind to high energy television or heated conversation – quiet your mind. Dim the lights to wind down and sleep in a dark and quiet room.

Sweet dreams!

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