Last weekend, Daylight Savings Time forced us to spring ahead – losing an hour of sleep. This week, I think it’s safe to say many of us are feeling a bit groggy.
The good news is, thanks to Daylight Savings Time we have more hours of daylight in the evening to be outside enjoying the warmer “soon-to-be” spring weather and sunshine. The bad news is that we need to work on our sleep habits, especially if we are working on losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.
When you are dedicated to losing weight, getting fit, and meeting your health and wellness goals, we can’t forget or discount the importance of quality sleep. It plays a key role in the choices we make throughout the day that affect our body fat.
When you sleep more, you actually will eat less and make better choices. Quality sleep supports the balance of hormone levels, directly affecting our food choices and activity through the day. When we don’t feel rested or get enough sleep, we try to compensate by eating too much.
Sleep is the best way to recharge our human battery, and is essential for metabolism, muscle recovery and mental alertness throughout the day. When we sleep our bodies repair muscle tissues and replace aging cells. Hormones released during sleep helps your cells fight off infection and illness, so you will have a healthier overall well-being when you have good sleep.
Depriving your body of sleep actually puts your body at higher risk of illness and definitely more at risk of making poor decisions about your nutrition and can make you miss out on exercise.
The following suggestions can help you get the Z’s you need:
Fatigue and a lack of quality sleep can lead to obesity and many other several other health issues. Balance your sleep with good nutrition and an active lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight and make the most of each day.