Monday, May 16, 2011

Back to Bed

So, since we’ve already gone over some of the benefits of actively getting enough sleep, I’m sure you are eager to secure better sleep help with your weight loss efforts. Yet, you may be wondering how do I get better sleep?

The first step is to prepare for bed time. Choose a bed time and stick with it. You need to be sure you have enough time to sleep. Many studies suggest that while you may be able to function on four or five hours of sleep each night, most people require more. On average, you should be getting about eight hours of sleep each night, give or take an hour.

I know for some of you this may mean you will be giving up your late night dancing, movies or television. It may even mean you delay your morning workout, but getting your body's hormones regulated will pay off.

Sometimes I find clients that spend plenty of time in bed at night wake up feeling un-rested in the morning. If you have the same issues, you may be living with a sleep disorder and may need a professional evaluation.

Sleep disorders vary from sleep apnea (pauses in breathing as you sleep) to restless legs syndrome (irresistible urges to move your legs when you rest) to narcolepsy (constant sleepiness). They disrupt your bedtime routine and your entire day from the moment you wake up. However, proper diagnosis and treatment can provide you the relief you need.

Adding to my previous posting; Sleep loss can also increase the production of another hormone – cortisol (the stress hormone). Like the combination of leptin and ghrelin, cortisol is also directly responsible for regulating whether you feel hungry or full. So be sure to get your rest!

Until next time - Live Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal

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