Did you commit to a new healthy-eating routine at the start of this year? Do you still need to curb your sugar cravings?
The solution may be as simple as going to bed earlier to get enough sleep. And we have just the technique for you to fall fast asleep in as little as 60 seconds!
Check it out in this week’s Sleep Newzzz …
Blame Your Sugar Cravings on Lack of Sleep
Next time you catch yourself polishing off a sleeve of cookies before bed, try skipping the snack and hitting the hay earlier.
A new study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association reveals a link between sleep deprivation and high-calorie food cravings, particularly in women.
The survey of nearly 500 women between the ages of 20 and 76 found that those who reported poor sleep quality or a lack of sleep also consumed more foods high in added sugars, saturated fats and caffeine.
It’s recorded that 30% of the women involved in the study slept fewer than 7 hours per night and nearly 25% said the same but also suffer from insomnia.
Those women, in turn, ate an additional 500 - 800 calories on average, as well as exceeded daily dietary recommendations for saturated fats, added sugars and caffeine.
Floridians May Be Getting the Least Amount of Sleep in the Nation
Research has shown Florida to be one of the worst states in the US for getting a good night’s sleep.
In one study, Florida ranked 30 among all states when it comes to getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night on average. Hawaii ranked the worst and South Dakota taking the top spot for getting great sleep.
But why are Floridians getting the least amount of sleep? One of the main theories is tourism. And this would also explain why Hawaii is also a state for bad sleep.
Tourism is great for Florida’s economy, but it does leave many Floridians working odd hours. Shift work could be to blame, making setting a regular sleep schedule difficult.
The 4-7-8 Method - Fall Asleep in 60 Seconds
There is nothing more infuriating than lying awake when you’re in need of a good night’s sleep.
A simple breathing technique may be just the thing the next time you find yourself tossing turning. Yes, it involves counting but it doesn’t have anything to do with sleep.
The 4-7-8 method begins by breathing in through your nose for the count of 4 seconds.
Hold that breath for 7 seconds.
Exhale slowly from your mouth for the count of 8 seconds. And repeat until you sleep.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, who specializes in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, this breathing exercise is used to help yogis enter a state of relaxation.
By mindfully putting the brakes on your breathing, you force your heartbeat to slow, which in turn has an effect on the rest of your body.
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