By: Mission Healthy Living
May 22, 2015
If you’re a night owl and don’t get as much sleep as you should be, this habit could be taking a serious toll on your health in more ways than one. In fact, one of the most common effects of lack of sleep is increased appetite, leading to overeating and eventually rapid weight gain. Those who are sleep deprived tend to consume about 300 calories a day more than when they get the proper amount of rest, according to USA Today.
With the holiday weekend coming up and lots of tempting foods you’ll want to gorge on, here are some tips to help you get a good night’s rest and not snack so much during the day.
Say goodbye to caffeine: Stay away from drinks loaded with sugar and lots of caffeine before bedtime. Unlike its glorious powers to keep you awake and alert first thing in the morning and throughout the day, coffee is not a good before-bed-beverage. Stick to water, warm milk or tea to help you relax and wind down for the night.
Read a good book: Unplug from the electronics and pick up that book you’ve been dying to read. It’s a great way to calm your mind, brush away the troubles of the day and get lost in a good story the old fashioned way.
Turn off the lights: Invest in some room-darkening shades, ditch the night lights or pick up a sleep mask. Studies show that sleeping in total darkness helps you get a better night’s rest.
Try these tips and start catching more of those Zzzzs! R&R is more important than you think.