A recent study suggests a link between sleep deprivation and higher body weight. Moreover, even modest sleep restriction may induce changes in appetite hormones and provide additional time awake for calorie ingestion. Here are the latest sleep hygiene suggestions:
- Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
- Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing atmosphere, which is neither too hot or too cold.
- Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for reading, watching TV, or using the computer.
- Physical activity may help promote sleep but not within a few hours of bedtime.
- Avoid eating large meals before bedtime.
Resource: Clinical Nutrition Insight, April 2013