Adequate Sleep Contributes To Having A Healthy Weight

Families, Food and Fitness June 15, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

To be successful in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, make sure you get enough sleep. It may seem that if you slept less, you would at least be up and active more hours of the day and would weigh less. In fact, the opposite is true. People who do not get adequate sleep weigh more than those who do. Getting enough sleep, at least 7 hours per night, is a good first step to creating a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.