Are you guilty of this? The daily habit that could be preventing you from losing weight

Only 47 per cent of Australians are getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, and now surprising new research

Only 47 per cent of Australians are getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, and now surprising new research from Weight Watchers has linked sleep deprivation to weight problems.

The research has shown that whilst humans need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep, people who get less than this daily requirement are more likely to battle with their waistlines.

When surveyed, over one third of Aussies agreed that tiredness leads to making unhealthy food choices. It’s just too tempting to order takeaways when you’re already sleep deprived, compared to preparing a balanced home-cooked meal.

Sleep deprivation also encourages people to skip their daily exercise routines, with 1 in 4 Australians preferring to hit snooze on their alarm clock. In fact, being “busy and tired” rates amongst the top three barriers which prevent people surveyed from exercising.

Unfortunately, having no exercise and little sleep forms a double-edge sword. Some people surveyed reported they were more likely to fight with their partner when feeling tired. Whilst 35% of Aussies say the suffer from mood swings, thanks to a lack of sleep and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

For those Australians still at work, 43 per cent reported being less productive when they’re feeling tired. Indeed, many studies have also proven that a good night’s sleep coupled with regular exercise will improve your focus, energy and productivity.

Weight Watchers has pointed Australians who don’t get enough rest towards guidelines and advice from the National Sleep Foundation. These tips will help you feel rejuvenated, along with preparing you to eat healthily and exercise regularly:

  1. Develop a sleep schedule, and stick to it. The same bedtime and waking time will help to regulate your body clock.
  2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Take a warm bath, burn a candle or read a pleasant novel.
  3. Avoid bright lights, especially smartphones and computers, just before bed. These can disrupt your circadian rhythm.
  4. Avoid napping throughout the day, so you feel ready for rest by nighttime.
  5. Exercise daily. Exercise boosts your need for sleep, and sleep encourages your exercise routine. It’s all cyclical.
  6. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy dinners. These items can disrupt your digestive systems, which make sleeping more difficult.

Do you find it difficult to sleep? Does sleep deprivation wreak havoc on your nutrition and exercise habits?

  1. I know a lot of people that don’t sleep well at night & they are thin, but I on the other hand, have no trouble sleeping, and guess what I had to watch my weight all my life. 😌💤

  2. Mike here-another theory, I get 6 hours if sleep a night, I walk my wifes dog 3 times a day for a total of 1.5 hours, I eat healthy ( dry frying anything which needs frying & steaming veg), never have fast food, stopped smoking 15 years ago, have 2 cans of beer one night a week at my local but my weight hovers around on the dangerous side of overweight. My doctor tells me that for my height 78 kg is my ideal weight, I weighed 88 kg at my fittest during my time as an instructor in the military during the early ’70s. At 66 I now weigh 110 kg. What am I doing wrong?

    • Biggest Loser people only eat 1200 cals a day so maybe get a calorie counter book. You may be surprised at how much “healthy” food is in calories. Good luck!

    • Get a Fitbit, you can track your steps each day, and also how many calories you are consuming, every little bit helps when you’re on a journey of weight loss. Exercise every day, try to do it at the same time every day, join a walking group etc. Good luck.

    • I too have a bit of problem with sleep and weight . Apart from the medication which puts weight on, I think age comes into it as I am 64 .

  3. I have interrupted sleep and put it down to medications which are known to have this side effect, there’s not much one can do but feel tired although I do not nap during the day. I need to lose more weight, currently 102kg and would love to be 90kg or less but I can’t see it happening.

  4. I wish you all the best . How old are you? as I am sure that doesn’t help . I too have been on very strong mediation for 2 yrs and have put on around 8kg but due to my problems I couldn’t do any exercises.

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