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Lack of Sleep Affects Appetite

Updated: Dec 28, 2019

According to Dr. Frank Lipman:

"Shorting yourself on sleep reduces leptin, the hormone that helps regulate body weight by keeping appetite in check. Making matters worse, too little sleep increases ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger."

Yikes, that's just one more reason to prioritize sleep. Our bodies can get used to a sleep routine which makes is easier to fall asleep and wake up refreshed. Here are some ideas to set up a successful routine:

  • Turn off electronics an hour before heading to bed. They stimulate our brains. Emails and news can create stress and the light can interfere with our internal body clock

  • Read

  • Listen to music that's not too exciting or emotional

  • Do relaxation activities like breathing, prayer, gentle yoga, stretching, or meditation

  • Write down your worries or reminders for the next day to help get them off your mind

  • Avoid eating at least 2 hours before lying down

TIP: To get the benefits of an hour nap, lie down on the ground with your legs up the wall or resting on a chair for 15-20 minutes. Lots of blood and oxygen come into your head, brain, and neck which has an energizing effect.

Sweet dreams!

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