Healthy Insights — sleep

Nicole Ferro

Restless Sleep and Weight Gain

Hey, you! Yeah, you, person reading this hunched over his computer at 3AM: get off the computer and go to bed, you silly night owl! (Note: For all you people reading this during normal-people hours, the above statement doesn’t apply to you. Keep reading anyways, because some knowledge is about to get dropped.) Most people don’t need a scientific study to know that lack of sufficient, restful sleep has a number of negative consequences -- increased irritability and stress, dulled reaction times, higher sensitivity to illness, and so on. Here’s something you might not know: it’s making you fat. In...

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Brandon Marz

Need Sleep? Who doesn't?

Why Is Sleep Health Important? Sleep, like nutrition and physical activity, is a critical determinant of health and well-being. Sleep is a basic requirement for infant, child, and adolescent health and development. Sleep loss and untreated sleep disorders influence basic patterns of behavior that negatively affect family health and interpersonal relationships. Fatigue and sleepiness can reduce productivity and increase the chance for mishaps such as medical errors and motor vehicle or industrial accidents. Go ahead, snooze! Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key...

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Nicole Ferro

Sleep: Your Secret Weapon for Weight Loss

If you are serious about losing weight, you must get high-quality, restorative sleep.  Sound simple? It’s serious and it’s easy to overlook. Do not dismiss this. Too many people deprive themselves of sleep on a regular basis and destroy their ability to lose weight. When you’re sleep deprived your body simply cannot burn fat and lose weight efficiently. Sleep deprivation depresses your metabolism, increases food intake, and tells your body to store fat. 1-11 Scientific research shows that people who struggle with poor sleep are much more likely to have “major weight gain”. 10 Poor sleep wreaks havoc on your system causing...

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