Loss of sleep may hamper your weight loss efforts, according to new research in the Oct. 5 issue of the 'Annals of Internal Medicine.'
In a study of 10 overweight adults, 55% lost less fat when they got 5.5 hours of sleep per night, compared with those who slept for 8.5 hours a night.
What's really going on here is that sleep loss makes the body burn off lean body mass, so while the weight loss may be the same, people who get adequate sleep lose more fat than those who are sleep-deprived.
Additionally, sleep loss is linked to an increase in hunger which makes it less likely to stick to any diet.
Health care professionals associated with the study suggest getting an adequate amount of sleep if you're looking to lose weight, at least seven hours. Since this feat seems nearly impossible for any mom, other suggestions include improving sleep habits, such as not drinking caffeine after 2:30pm and not eating anything three hours before bedtime.
Getting an adequate amount of sleep, of course, has been associated with tons of health benefits! So, the main lesson here is: let you body rest more and it will repay you tenfold!