Sleep – we all need it, but sometimes we are all so busy that we start burning the midnight oil and don’t get enough!
But how does that affect our health?
Well for one, according to the research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine sleeping less than seven hours per night can reduce and/or undo the benefits of dieting. SAY WHAT!!!!!!
Hmmmmm, let me think about this...........
I suppose it all starts out innocently enough. When you are sleep deprived and running on low energy, you automatically go for a bag of potato chips, chocolate or other comfort foods. Did I mention chocolate?
The immediate result? You get a small burst of energy that helps you overcome that sleepiness for a little bit.
The mid-term result? You crash again in an hour or two and need another pic-me-up. Hmmmm more chocolate maybe .....
The ultimate result? Unwanted pounds as poor food choices coupled with lack of exercise set the stage for weight gain and further sleep loss.