If you find that your sleep patterns are not as good as they could be and counting sheep is not working, perhaps there is a reason? Maybe you need to lose a little weight.
A new study has shown that to improve the quality of your sleep you should lose weight, particularly if you have excess fat around your waist.
The team of scientists at John Hopkins University in the US have discovered that losing around 15% of the weight from your waist should help to improve your sleep.
What did the study involve?
The study involved a group of 77 people who had type 2 diabetes. The participants were put into 2 groups with the first group were asked to diet and undergo supervised exercise.
The second group only had to diet.
At the start of the start of the study each participant was asked to complete a survey asking whether they were experiencing any sleep problems. These issues could include sleep apnea, daytime fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleep and sleeplessness were they would have to use a sedative to aid their sleep.
At the conclusion of the study the average weight loss was 15lbs, with those who lost around a stone in weight experiencing a 20% improvement in the quality of their sleep.
Kerry Stewart, a professor of medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine said:
“We found that improvement in sleep quality was significantly associated with overall weight loss, especially belly fat.”
“This was true no matter the age or gender of the participants or whether the weight loss came from diet alone or diet plus exercise.”
If you want to experience good physical and mental health then a good nights sleep is essential.
There are numerous health issues such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes linked to sleep problems so perhaps it is time you lost a few of those excess pounds.