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How would you rate your sleep-care on a scale of one to ten: 8, 4, 1, minus 6? Getting enough rest and high-quality sleep is crucial to your mental and physical health—and to improving your relationship with food. It’s amazing how many smart and successful dysregulated eaters think of sufficient sleep as incidental to their lives. To me, it’s a sad indication of poor self-care.
Thomas Rutledge explains the importance of sleep, especially in relation to weight, in “Three Ways Your Sleep Habits May Cause Weight Gain” (Psychology Today, 6/20/19, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-healthy-journey/201906/three-ways-your-sleep-habits-may-cause-weight-gain?utm_source=pocket-newtab, accessed 6/22/19). Here are some take-aways from his article which assesses the research in the area of sleep’s impact on eating and weight.
Rutledge makes the following suggestions to improve and get sufficient sleep.
Rutledge ends his article by talking about ways to change how you think about sleep. It’s not incidental to health, but a major factor in well-being. It’s not taking time away from your life but adding quality time to it. Think about loving sleep as much as you say you love food. Value it and crave it. Make it a top priority. My motto has always been that I’ll put up with a lot, but don’t even think about getting between me and my sleep!
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