Sleep It Off: The Sleep-Weight Connection
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Now here's the rub
A relaxing bedtime routine can help you sleep well
While not enough sleep can cause weight gain, weight gain can also affect your sleep adversely, increasing your chances of developing some type of sleep disorder.
It's a catch-22 situation, the best way out of which is to improve both your sleep quality and weight at the same time.
If you have difficulty sleeping, or are overweight, or both, set a goal to lose half to one kilo per week and practice these good pre-sleep habits.
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This article was compiled in consultation with CalorieKing.com.au experts and in reference to the following sources:
Eve Van Cauter, PhD, Rachel Leproult, MS, Laurence Plat MD, 'Age-Related Changes in Slow Wave Sleep and REM Sleep And Relationship With Growth Hormone and Cortisol Levels in Healthy Men,' Journal of the American Medical Association, 2000: pp 861-868
Karine Spiegel, Rachel Leproult, Eve Van Cauter, 'Impact of Sleep Debt on Metabolic and Endocrine Function,' The Lancet, 1999, Volume 354,: pp 1435
Last updated: August 1st, 2008
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