Apart from peace of mind, slimming down a bit may not seem like an easy path to better sleeping. However, a recent study has shown that weight loss really can improve how well you sleep at night. Current research continues to detail just how much impact your good habits can have on every part of your well-being. Keeping this interconnectedness in mind, it’s only logical that losing a few pounds would have beneficial effects on other areas, like sleep.
Shedding pounds and resting easier
By looking at 390 obese adults over the course of 2 years as part of the National Institutes of Health-funded Practice-Based Opportunities for Weight Reduction at the University of Pennsylvania (POWER-UP) trial, researchers found that subjects losing 5 percent or more of their body fat reported improved sleep after 6 months of weight loss. In fact, subjects losing any amount of weight also reported improved moods. Yep, losing weight makes you feel better. “This study confirms several studies reporting that weight loss is associated with increased sleep duration,” said the study’s lead investigator, Nasreen Alfaris, MD, MPH, a fellow in the Department of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, at the 2014 meeting between the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society.
Sleep, fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand
Since each part of your health is much more interconnected than isolated, there are lots of ways that improving your overall health leads to improved sleep and vice-versa. Aerobic exercise helps you sleep better, for example, while other studies have shown that a reduction in sleep can lead to weight gain as well as increased snacking and other issues. Getting enough sleep each night is one of the most important parts of your health. It’s more or less the foundation upon which everything else is built.
What you should do for better sleep
There are lots of ways you get improve your sleep! First off, it’s probably best to note that sleeping well is not something can do, ahem, overnight. Instead, good sleep means having healthy habits and routines. Sleep hygiene is a major part of this. Sleep hygiene may involve a lot of things you do already, but it’s definitely worth reading up on. Also, if you can create something of a routine to how you go to bed each night, you can get your body accustomed to falling asleep, meaning you’ll spend less time in bed counting sheep. Olumia Life can offer lots of help in sleeping better. Check out the Compass for advice from physicians on frequently asked sleep questions and go to the Sleep section of the app to take control of your sleep habits for a healthier, more refreshed you.
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