.......interesting things about fitness, strength, diet and performance.
This study suggests for the first time that shifting sleep duration from a short to a healthier length is associated with an attenuation of fat mass gain.
This is all fine and dandy, but how exactly do you go from being a short sleeper to a 7-8 hour a night sleeper? I would love to sleep for that long, but I'm lucky to get 5-6 hours a night. I'm paleo, no caffeine, room is blacked out, no lights at all. so how is this done?
@Anonymous A lot of factors can contribute to having trouble sleeping. Apart from what you're already doing, I would also include vigorous exercise daily, and don't eat too close to bedtime. Also, keep artificial lighting to a minimum after sunset (this one helps me a lot), and that includes TV and PC screens. If you must use a PC at night, consider getting the F.lux program. If all of that still isn't working, and you're not on any drugs that would interfere with sleep quality, it's time to consult a doctor to get a referral to a medical specialist.
@Chris I've seen other research with similar findings. In particular, lack of sleep and poor sleep quality lead make it more difficult to lose bodyfat. Tom Venuto posted a really nice writeup not to long ago with several references cited: http://www.burnthefatblog.com/archives/2011/03/sleep-problems-and-major-weight-gain.php
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