by Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN, CSSD
It’s 6 a.m. You didn’t get to bed until 1 a.m. this morning. The alarm going off in your ear feels more like a hammer pounding on your head. All you want to do is hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. BUT, you promised yourself you would get up, go to the gym, and stick to your new workout routine and weight loss commitment.
The great news is that hitting that snooze button could actually benefit you! Studies have shown that sleep and weight loss are actually correlated. This sounds crazy, right? Well, it’s not! Research published in both the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Lancet reports shows that loss of sleep can increase hunger and alter metabolism, leading to difficulties in losing weight or maintaining weight loss. A potential correlation between sleeplessness and obesity in America makes sense. As 65% of adult Americans are overweight, 70% do not get eight or more hours of sleep per night on weeknights, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. Only 52% get eight or more hours during weekend nights. Quality of sleep counts as much as quantity does.