We live in a stressed-out, super-busy, hyper-caffeinated world—and quality sleep often gets put on the back burner. The problem is that the repercussions are now showing up around our waistlines and in our overall poor health.
Inadequate shuteye can quickly sabotage your efforts at getting healthy and losing weight. Not getting enough sleep or getting poor-quality sleep adversely affects hormones that make you hungry and store fat.
In fact, a 2010 study found that just one partial night's sleep could create insulin resistance, paving the way for diabesity and many other problems. Other research shows poor sleep contributes to cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, poor immune function, and lower life expectancy. I’ve seen inadequate sleep’s repercussions play out numerous times among patients.
As a doctor, I understand how stress can be a barrier to sleep. I juggle what feels like about 10 jobs. I have kids, a dog, a house, employees and patients, plus I’m rarely home since I often travel for work. Eventually, though, I realized lack of sleep had adversely affected my health. I knew I had to make sleep a priority, so I gave myself a goal to hit seven or eight hours of sleep a night. With eight hours, I felt much more alert and focused.
I know what a challenge that can become. But I’ve found that these six strategies can help you get a better night’s sleep: