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Day 6: Get 8 Hours of Sleep

By Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., December 18, 2013 - 1:53pm

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There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep. Being sleep-deprived can affect your emotional well-being, your skin and your weight! Without enough sleep, you’re more likely to eat extra calories and reach for high-calorie food choices. Learn more about the sleep and weight connection here. Most adults need around 8 hours of sleep a night. Two things that can help you fall asleep faster: less screen time before bed and these 9 foods.

Hilary MeyerToday’s Editor’s Tip:
Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor
“After experiencing months of sleep deprivation as a new mother, I will never EVER underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. Now that my daughter is a little older, I can, and do, get at least 8 hours a night. How? I go to bed at the same time every night—10 p.m. That way my “body clock” is set for sleep at the same time every night, and I can go to sleep quickly. I also try to unwind for about 30 minutes before I go to bed by reading a book or drinking a cup of decaf tea.”

Actionable Tip: Aim for 8 hours of sleep tonight. Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. Wind down before your new “bedtime” without TV or your phone. Just get into bed at that time and close your eyes.

TAGS: Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, Weight loss, Weight-Loss Challenge, Wellness

Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa D’Agrosa is EatingWell’s digital nutrition & news editor. She is a Registered Dietitian and completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University. She loves tasting all the recipes from the Test Kitchen and geeking out over nutrition science. @LisaDAgrosa

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