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When it comes to weight loss, we often rely on diet correction or increase in physical activity. But did you know that even getting more sleep can help you inch closer to your goals?
A randomized clinical trial, featured in JAMA Internal Medicine, has inferred that improving and maintaining adequate sleep duration could reduce weight and be a viable intervention for obesity prevention and weight loss programs.
This trial featured 80 ‘overweight’ adults with a regular sleep duration of less than 6.5 hours a night. These were divided into two groups – one which continued normal habits, and another that was urged to extend their sleep every night by about an hour for two weeks.
The result? Those in the sleep extension group “significantly reduced” their calorie intake as compared to the other group.
So while adequate sleep can improve weight loss goals, it also improves other aspects of your health. Let us know a little more about the positive outcomes of better sleep.
According to the American Heart Association, a short sleep duration or poor sleep quality, can lead to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. If it is done as a habit, it can spike the likelihood of cardiovascular events.
Several studies have noted that if you don’t sleep enough or lack sound sleep, it can lead to cognitive decline and conditions such as dementia.
A study published in the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Journal and led by the University of Exeter, indicated a poor sleep pattern can lead people, especially over 50, to have a negative perception about ageing.
It’s a simple equation. If you aren’t rested well enough, you will feel lethargic and low on energy all the time! That will also impact your routine and mood.
Lack of quality or quantity of sleep and rest can lead to tiredness, which invariably impacts your sex life. So dear ladies, if you sleep well and enough, you may also be up and about when the time comes! Also, did you know that an orgasm can improve your sleep quality?
Many studies have found that lack of sleep can lead to spiked stress, which hampers the skin with eruptions like pimples and acne. Keep these at bay with the simplest of things: sleep!