Throughout my life, I’ve always heard about the importance of getting a good night of sleep.
Whenever I get a good of night sleep, I am happier and more productive in my daily activities.
Quality sleep is only a part of living a healthy life. Diet and exercise are also two important facets. The amount of sleep a person needs, however, depends on their age.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recommended amount of sleep per day is:
– 16 to 18 hours a day for newborns.
– 11 to 12 hours a day for preschool-aged children.
– At least 10 hours a day for school-aged children.
– Nine to 10 hours a day for teens.
– Seven to eight hours a day for adults (including the elderly).
Sleep is also important for anyone trying to lose weight.
In previous diets, I’ve learned that the more sleep I get the more weight lost. It worked with Weight Watchers, the Atkins diet and HCG diet, which results in rapid weight loss with a strict diet and limited calories.
I never thought about the correlation between sleeping and weight loss before, but I guess you can say that proof if in the pudding. OK, maybe pudding was the wrong word to use in a column about losing weight, but you get my drift.
Sleeping and weight loss go hand-in-hand.
Since having weight-loss surgery 16 months ago, Iâ€™ve made it a point to get as much sleep as possible. When I get quality sleep, I tend to lose more weight and become more productive at the office.
Considering I am up at 5 a.m. most morning, I have an early bed time, so getting the required seven to eight hours of sleep a night for adults has been challenging at times. With that in mind, I typically get more sleep on my days off and weekends to make up for lost time.
It may not be the best plan, but considering my hectic work schedule, it works best for me.
Sleep has always been an important part of my life from a baby all the way to adulthood.
I’ve had some ups and downs in regards to sleep over the years, such as being diagnosed with sleep apnea and being required to use a CPAP machine at night. It has resulted in improved sleep and a better handling of my weight-loss plan.
So as I turn in for the night, I will not be counting sheep in an effort to fall asleep. Instead I will be counting down the pounds as I creed closer to my ultimate weight-loss goal.
Who would have thought that sleep and weight-loss would go hand-in-hand?
I guess it goes together like red beans and rice, cookies and milk and New Orleans Saints football and the Who Dat Nation.
Starting weight (April 1, 2014): 401.2 pounds
Surgery weight (April 15, 2014): 383 pounds
Current weight (as of Aug. 18): 294 pounds for a total weight loss of 107.2 pounds
Remaining pounds to lose to reach goal: 94 pounds
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