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Sleep Your Way to Weight Loss

Posted on: March 08, 2016 in Category: Medical Weight Loss

Why getting a good night sleep matters for weight loss, as well as antiaging in Los Angeles.

In January of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement that took a lot of people by surprise. According to the CDC, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic in the United States. These might seem like some pretty strong words for what most of us would consider an unhealthy habit, but the CDC has a point—and a lot of research to back up their perspective.

There are approximately 70 million adults in the United States who are currently diagnosed with some sort of sleep disorder. It is predicted that there are many more who struggle with insufficient sleep, but have not sought out any treatment. A lot of people shrug off a lack of sleep as a result of having a demanding career, or a lot of family obligations, or a strong interest in late night TV. But the consequences of missing out on sleep are actually quite severe.

People who struggle with insufficient sleep are more likely to experience the following chronic illnesses:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Hypertension

In addition, it is found that those who don’t get enough sleep are at a heightened risk of death compared to people who get enough shut eye on a regular basis. When all of the data is taken into consideration, there is clear evidence that not getting enough sleep is a leading culprit in accelerated aging. This is why changing your sleeping habits is so essential if you hope to get the most out of your antiaging therapy program.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who are not getting enough sleep, you might be thinking that changing your sleeping habits is a lot easier said than done. The truth is that changing your sleeping habits is difficult. Once your body gets into a rhythm it is hard to change it. However, adapting certain healthy habits can help you get to a better night’s rest.

To improve your ability to get to sleep, try:

  • Cutting down on caffeine consumption
  • Exercising daily
  • Removing the television from the bedroom or plugging in your phone in a different room
  • Cutting out late night snacks
  • Getting a new pillow or mattress to improve comfort

Try making simple changes to your sleeping habits, maybe by cutting down on your coffee at first. Just small changes could have a big influence on your ability to get to sleep, and stay asleep. If you are having severe difficulty sleeping, talk to your antiaging doctor. Missing out on that shuteye could be affecting your health, and it is worth finding ways to help you get a better night’s rest.

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