Cutting calories by sleeping more?

Last week I attended an international conference in Dallas, TX. The entire focus was wellness! It was an exhilarating few days to be with like-minded people. In fact, I encourage you to do that: hang around with people who have a positive outlook on life, who are making or who have made lifestyle changes that give them energy, passion and focus. We tend to become like the five people with whom we hang out the most. If you need some new friends who will be supportive of the changes that you need to personally make in your life, may I suggest that you do it!

Today’s comments, though, are to encourage you to consider an interesting link between your sleep habits and your caloric intake. It seems that people who go to bed earlier and get about 8.5 hours of sleep a night take in less calories. It is probably not just less eating time that helps, but the tendency that most of us have to have higher-caloric (i.e. junk food) late-night snacks. Check out the complete article at http://www.realage.com/ct/tips/8354.  

Sleep-deprivation and its effects are highly underrated. 

Actually there are a number of articles that you can access that will give you some reasons to start thinking about…and then planning…and then actually going to bed earlier! (Type in ‘cutting calories and sleep’ at yahoo!health.)

Here’s one more short one: http://health.yahoo.com/experts/weilhealthyliving/970/a-link-between-lack-of-sleep-and-obesity/;_ylt=Ar3RSMbqr8J37.M2fg.l3AxLvs8F 

Adding an hour  or more of sleep per night is economically feasible (as in no extra cost!)  and controllable (your choice). You might be surprised at the additional benefits of snoozing longer!

What has been your experience?

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