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Day 6: Get 8 Hours of Sleep

By Lisa Valente, 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 Valente, M.S., R.D., Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, Weight loss, Weight-Loss Challenge, Wellness

Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa Valente 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. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @LisaDValente

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