Sleep More, Lose Weight?

July 26, 2012 by Kathy Nellor

If you’re like me, getting eight hours of sleep a night would be a wonderful miracle. It’s something we all want more of, but with our busy lives and numerous responsibilities, we sometimes just don’t get enough.

We all have our reasons — kids, stress, work, home responsibilities. I recently read about a couple of particularly compelling reasons to get your eight hours of shut-eye.

According to a researcher from the University of Michigan, sleeping an extra hour a night could help you drop 14 pounds in a year. You’re probably thinking, “Seriously, how can that happen?”

The researcher ran the numbers for a 2,500 calorie per day diet. He found that when sleep replaces idle activities – and the usual mindless snacking – you can cut calories by six percent. Of course, results vary for each person.

Looking for more proof that sleep can help you lose weight? There’s evidence that getting too little sleep revs up your appetite, making you uncommonly hungry. It’s our body’s natural response to be being tired.Look at this way: If your car is running low on gas, what do you do? You fill it up with gas. So what do you think our bodies tell us when we run low on energy? Put more fuel (food) in me!

So start today and make a goal to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. To hold yourself accountable, check out the BCBS sleep and rest challenge. 

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