A good night’s rest is vital for the optimum functioning of our bodies. Good quality sleep gives our body the rest it needs.

It can help heal and adequately re-energise us for the following day. In addition to these physical benefits, sleep can also temporarily put mental thoughts to rest and leave us feeling refreshed the following morning. But did you know that the quality of sleep we get could also affect our weight?

How poor sleep can affect weight

According to Healthline.com, studies have shown that ‘poor sleep is one of the single biggest risk factors for obesity’. Statistics reflect that adults who have poor sleep have a 55% greater risk of becoming obese. Similarly, children in the same category will experience an 89% greater risk of obesity.

Make changes

If you find that you are putting on weight due to poor sleep then you should take action and start making some changes to ensure that you are resting sufficiently. Perhaps you need to create a more calming bedroom environment or maybe remove any distractions from your bedroom. For more ways on how to get a good night’s rest, click here.

See your doctor

Chat to your doctor if you find that you are experiencing a problem regarding sleep and it is affecting your weight and your quality of life.

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