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Sleep Aids Weight-Loss

The Need to Sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential if you are to successfully lose weight, unfortunately it does not mean that you can lose weight just by sleeping! – A healthy diet coupled with a good exercise routine is also needed.

A study has shown that people who sleep between six and eight hours a night have a greater chance of achieving their weight-loss goal than those who sleep less or more. It also found that lower stress levels were associated with greater success at weight loss, particularly when combined with between six and eight hours of sleep. These findings support previous research linking obesity with poor sleep. It seems intuitive that if someone is not sleeping well and is under stress, then sticking to a weight loss programme will be more difficult.
It should be noted that the study relied on people self-reporting the hours they slept and their stress levels. This introduces the possibility of error. Although people with certain health conditions were excluded, it is possible that those who slept less (or more) had other health problems that also made it difficult for them to lose weight. Also, it is possible that people who slept longer were less likely to lose weight because they were less active generally, rather than because they were sleeping longer.
It is important to point out that the study does not imply that weight loss can be achieved by getting a healthy amount of sleep alone. Asking people about their sleep habits and stress may be a way of identifying those who could need more help with losing weight.
Sensible diet and exercise regimes are proven methods of achieving weight loss. It seems sensible that they would be more difficult to adhere to if people are not getting adequate sleep and/or are under stress.

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