Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that help you feel hungry and full. When you’re not getting enough sleep —7 to 8 hours for adults, and more for teens and kids —it can make you feel hungrier than you really are, which can make you eat more than you need to.1
Not getting enough sleep can also raise your blood sugar levels, which may increase your risk for diabetes.2
Here are a few tips to help you naturally manage your sleep:
• Avoid caffeine. Try to avoid caffeinated drinks — like coffee and cola — at least six hours before bedtime.
• Stick to a schedule. Set up a regular bedtime and wake-up time.
• Unplug and relax. Turn off all electronic devices — including phones, computers and TVs — at least an hour before bed. Use that time to wind down by taking a bath, reading or listening quietly to music.
• Use your bedroom for sleeping. Don’t pay bills or work in bed. Keep your bedroom clean and comfortable.
• Exercise regularly. Working out and increasing your heart rate can help you sleep — but not too close to bedtime. Talk to your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level.
It’s not just a dream: Making a few simple changes can help you feel more energetic and help you manage your weight.
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1 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH), “Why Is Sleep Important,” http://www. nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why. Accessed June 20, 2015.
2 ibid., NIH, “Why Is Sleep Important.”
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