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Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 4: Get 8 Hours of Sleep

By Lisa D'Agrosa, April 17, 2014 - 10:00am

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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.

Do This Today: 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.

Dinner Tonight: Quick Chicken Braciole

TAGS: Lisa D'Agrosa, Diet Blog, Diet, Diet Challenge, Nutrition, Slim Down for Summer Challenge

Lisa D'Agrosa
Lisa D'Agrosa is EatingWell's associate nutrition editor. She earned her master's degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and attended the dietetic internship program at Massachusetts General Hospital to become a registered dietitian.

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