Few people would dispute that a good night’s sleep makes for a better day. But did you know the link between sleep and weight loss?

Sleep disturbances like snoring, sleep apnea, and sleep periods of fewer than 7-8 hours of quality sleep have links to unwanted weight gain.

Growing evidence from both laboratory and epidemiological studies points to disrupted sleep causes changes in levels of hormones that normally suppress appetite and moderate food intake and lower body temperature.

This results in hunger spikes and lowers your metabolism, resulting in weight gain. Adequate amounts of quality sleep help the body adjust its energy balance and regulate levels of salt, minerals, and sugar in the blood.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve the amount length and quality of your sleep!

You can achieve healthy sleep through lifestyle changes, such as setting a consistent bedtime, limiting caffeine late in the day, and curtailing high-tech distractions in the bedroom.

Good sleep habits have other benefits, too, like boosting alertness at school or work, improving mood, and enhancing the overall quality of life.

Because weight loss often improves overall sleep quality, Monarch is now partnering with several sleep institutes. For more information, talk to Monarch patient care specialists at 866-731-5673.