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Sleep. We all know that we need it, but with our 24-hour lifestyles, many people view sleep as a waste of time that could be better spent doing just about anything else.
Problem is, when you skimp on sleep, you’re not only making yourself tired and compromising your ability to fight off everyday ills, you’re also speeding the aging process, driving weight gain, and increasing your risk for diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular problems.
When you get enough sleep, though, you’re treating your body to the greatest body and brain-boosting, anti-aging treatment there is! So the next time you think, “Oh, I can get by on 4 hours,” rethink your sleep strategy and set the alarm for a few hours later or get to bed earlier.
Under-sleeping disrupts metabolism and hormonal balance in numerous ways, many of which reinforce each other. In fact, too few zzz’s sets the stage for problems far weightier than just frequent yawning – you’re creating the perfect conditions for fat accumulation!
Too little sleep triggers these hormonal fat-makers:
Lack of sleep is the fast-track to feeling old before your time. Not getting enough quality sleep contributes to many of the pesky problems people write off as simply parts of the aging process. We’re talking weight gain, slowed metabolism, memory issues, brain fog, weakened immunity and low moods — feeling irritable, helpless, easily frustrated, anxious, and/or depressed.
The good news is that aging isn’t often the culprit – it’s simply the lack of sleep. To feel (and look) younger, get a sound seven or eight hours a night, or as close to that as you can manage. Think of it as the cure for premature aging.
Whether you know it or not, sleep is anything but unproductive — your brain and body are actually very active when you’re down for the count. They’re busy refreshing, repairing and rejuvenating just about every cell in the body, so if you don’t make time for sleep, you’re disabling your body’s ability to recharge and heal itself. In fact, while you’re snoozing, your body is performing a number of essential tasks:
In a nutshell, good, restful sleep keeps you energized and at a healthy weight – so get some of the good stuff tonight! Need to brush up on your sleeping skills? Here are a few pointers:
Your body can’t perform at its best unless you get enough shut-eye. Lack of sleep not only makes it difficult for you to function throughout the day, but it also sets the stage for weight gain, premature aging and chronic health problems. Aim for seven to eight hours of restful sleep every night for a slimmer, livelier and healthier you!
Frank LipmanDr. Frank Lipman is a pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine. He is the founder and director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where his personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest for life.