When I first started my journey to better health, I didn’t understand the importance of sleep.
Over the last year I have learned that sleep is just as important as diet and exercise to my health.
You may have heard that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise.
But, what if I told you that sleep is even more important than your diet and exercise.
According to David Earnest, PhD, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine
“It is commonly said that health benefit ratio of diet to exercise is 80–20. However, when sleep was factored in, Earnest said his ratio analysis of the health implications of the three would be 60–30–10, sleep, diet and exercise respectively.”
If what Dr. Earnest, says is true, sleep is more important to our health than both diet and exercise.
So, how much sleep do you need to be healthy?
Studies show that the average adult requires 7–8 hours of sleep.
We all know that, but how many of us actually get 8 hours of sleep every night?
Can an extra hour or two of sleep really make a difference in your life?
Experts say that getting as little as one extra hour of sleep a night will improve your memory, boost your productivity, and reduce your chance of illness. (Source)
The research shows that one extra hour of sleep CAN make a huge difference in your life.
And, an extra hour of sleep can make a difference in your weight loss.
If you want to lose more weight — get more sleep!
You will also improve your memory, boost your productivity, and reduce your chance of illness.
You can’t lose by getting more sleep!
Now, I’d like to hear from you. How many hours are you sleeping each night? What is one change that you can make to get more sleep? What else do you want to know?
Drop me a note in the comments!
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Originally published at medium.com