Tip #19: Get more sleep!

WWe have discussed many times Americans get far less sleep than they used to. We also know that more and more Americans have sleep apnea particularly men who are obese – they may have less good quality sleep as well as fewer hours of sleep. We have also pointed out that the less people get sleep the more they have an appetite for salty and sugary foods. Now we have no research evidence which shows that when people get too little sleep they are less active during the day that follows. Did you say that makes commonsense??? Yes, but now we’ve got documentation that people who have had been sleep deprived on average consumer roughly 1/4 less energy than on days when they’re not sleep deprived.

You can see how sleep deprivation is a deadly combination – a bad influence on appetite, plus decreased activity. I know that modern American life is stressful but my suggestions are to skip the late-night TV shows and try to get at least seven hours sleep per night.

Adequate sleep is an important part of a weight loss program.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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