Lose Sleep, Gain Weight

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller. Do you often skimp on sleep? That's bad news if you want to lose weight. A recent study found that sleeping four hours a night for five night straight, lets a weight gain. Sleep deprived study volunteers were more prone to late night snacking and eating higher fat foods than controlled subjects who got plenty of sleep.

As a result, they gain more weight during the study. Sleep deprived men tended to put on more pounds than women did, and sleepy African American man gained the most. Moral of the study, if you're trying to lose weight, make getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night a top priority. Here are four tips to help you sleep better.

Maintain a sleep schedule, go to bed and get up at the same time each day, even on weekend. Create a comfortable sleep environment, you'll sleep best in a cool, dark room, eat food that will help you sleep, that includes oats, rice, sweet crons, whole grain pasta, and a classic warm milk, and avoid stimulant before bed including caffeine, and exercise.

I'm Dr. Miller, for more ways to sleep well and stay healthy, watch all of our Smart tips.