Sleep and weight control have often been linked, but a new study lead by Ann E. Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN of Emory’s Woodruff School of Nursing looks to further investigate how sleep not only affects your weight loss, but your blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels. The study is looking at people who sleep six hours a night and how an increase of just 60-90 minutes of sleep may improve their health and reduce their weight. According to Dr. Rogers, not getting enough sleep changes your appetite-regulating hormones so that you crave high fat and high calorie foods.
Whatever the outcomes of the study, the connection between more sleep and weight loss is strong and is probably one of the healthiest and safest ways to reduce your weight. So make yourself a cup of herbal tea and tuck in early tonight. Your scale will thank you in the morning.
Think you may have a sleep disorder? Visit the Emory Sleep Disorders Center website to schedule a sleep study.