Sleep is a critical component in creating and maintaining one’s health and navigating weight loss.  As a news topic, sleep makes headlines nearly every week.  Although there’s still debate about the perfect number of hours one should get each night, the collective goal is at least seven.  If you’re sleeping less than seven hours per night, learn how depriving yourself of sleep is affecting your weight goals and overall health.

The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery lists SLEEP as one of the key lifestyle changes for long-term results after surgery: “A healthy sleep pattern (called “sleep hygiene”) is another key to successful weight management. Setting a regular bedtime is not just for kids! Even adults benefit from regular sleep times, and from setting aside enough time to sleep. Inadequate sleep has been identified as one contributing factor in weight gain. As you seek to improve your sleep habits, there are techniques that can help: avoiding evening caffeine, exercising earlier in the day (not in the few hours before bed), and creating a peaceful bedroom environment that is quiet, not too bright, and comfortable. Also, many patients have sleep apnea before bariatric surgery. While sleep apnea can improve with weight loss, it is important to continue your treatment for sleep apnea. You should discuss the appropriateness of changing sleep apnea treatment with your doctor before you make any modifications.”

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