New Year, New You – Sleep and Weight Loss Facts

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The start of a new year is the perfect opportunity for you to tackle your weight loss issues and trim off the pounds you’ve been carrying around. No matter how committed you are to losing weight, there may be certain factors that are holding you back. Research suggests when a child or adult does not get enough sleep at night, he or she is at risk for being overweight. In addition, it may be difficult to lose weight if you are not getting the right amount or quality of sleep every night. So how is your sleep holding you back? And just how important is sleep for weight loss? Watch the video below to learn two major reasons you are likely not losing weight.

It is vital that you acknowledge your sleeping patterns if you are committed to losing weight and keeping it off in the long term. As stated in the video, it is important that you know how many hours of sleep you are getting per night and determine if your quality of sleep is getting affected. You may be doing everything right to lose weight but won’t get the results you expect because you are overlooking the importance of a full night’s sleep.

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Bad sleep habits have a known link to weight gain. While we highly suggest establishing good sleep habits at a young age, it is never too late to make a change. Even regularly active people should maintain a consistent bedtime in order to prevent obesity and weight gain. Data shows that there is a correlation between a later bedtime and an increase in body fat. Good habits you can adopt right now include creating a bedtime routine, designing and using a sleep sanctuary in your home, and removing ALL electronics from your bedroom.

Whether you need help along the path to achieving a “new you” this year, or you think your quality of sleep is not as good as it could be, FusionHealth can help you reach your goals. From stress and pain to sleep apnea and insomnia, we can address the factors that are harming your sleep habits to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Sustain the positive health effects of healthy sleep with our team on your side in 2016.

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5. The National Sleep Foundation: Maintain Healthy Weight