Mind Tip Snooze more to weigh less. Lack of sleep makes us hungrier and less active. The result: We end up eating more and burning fewer calories.
Keep your weight in check by getting a good night’s rest. Lack of sleep packs a double whammy on the waistline by increasing our appetite while discouraging physical activity. As we all know, even one night of tossing and turning can leave us tired and lethargic. Researchers found that people who didn’t get enough shut-eye moved less and burned fewer calories. Being poorly rested also stimulates the hunger hormone ghrelin, which jacks up our appetites and makes it harder to resist overeating. Some research even suggests that there may be a link between the number of hours we sleep, and obesity and diabetes — with people who sleep the least being at greater risk for both. If your sleep habits aren’t what you’d like them to be, talk to your doctor. Or, try our six-week online GO! to Sleep program, a treatment plan devised by sleep experts at Cleveland Clinic.
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute is further researching the effectiveness of online-based sleep programs and is looking for participants. Find out how to take part in the study.