The consequences of sleep deprivation include immune system failure, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression, and memory loss — just to name a few — and most people don’t realize that sleep is the root of the problem.
Studies show that just one night of sleep deprivation can make you as insulin-resistant as a type-2 diabetic. This translates directly to aging faster and storing extra body fat. Additionally, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that sleep deprivation is directly related to an inability to lose weight. Test subjects were put on the same exercise and diet program, but those who were in the sleep deprivation group (less than six hours per night) consistently lost less weight and body fat than the control group who slept for over eight hours a night. Several other studies show that sleep deprivation can encourage cancer, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
You can radically improve your sleep starting tonight and preemptively avoid the chronic issues above with an able assist from Shawn Stevenson, BS, FDN, host of the No. 1 featured Health podcast in the U.S. on iTunes, “The Model Health Show,” and author of the bestselling book SLEEP SMARTER: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success.
Simply pick three or four of the following tips, apply them for the next two weeks, and see how much more refreshed and energetic you feel. Here are Shawn’s 21 Sleep Hacks to Rest Your Way to a Better Body and Better Health.