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Lose Weight While You Sleep?

Posted Nov 01 2012 6:27am

Despite all that we know about the importance of good quality and quantity of sleep in achieving effective weight loss, the mainstream press and media outlets mention sleep only occasionally, a luxury that few people are able to afford in our busy, stress-filled lives. Even when sleep is written about, it’s glossed over with one-liners or placed on a top 10 list along with various other good sleep hygiene tips.

However, I was happy to see that Scientific American wrote an in-depth article on this subject, which I strongly urge everyone to read. The article focuses on sleep deprivation in general, not mentioning underlying sleep-breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome, but it’s a good start. Remember, you can sleep 8 to 10 hours and still not get good quality sleep if you stop breathing 20 to 50 times every hour.

Whether or not you have a sleep-breathing disorder, start now by getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep on a regular basis. Let me know how this goes…

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