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iVillage: The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Better Body

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You love the idea of an early morning workout, but your pillow and comforter feel otherwise.

If you’re not getting at least 7 1/2 hours of sleep per night, then you might be chronically sleep deprived, which makes it that much harder to toss those covers aside and get moving first thing. Often, women are so eager to cross one more item off their to-do list that we wind up regularly sacrificing zzz’s. But consider this: Studies show that people who get enough quality sleep are less likely to become obese. Meanwhile, being chronically sleep deprived can lead to weight gain, along with high blood pressure and heart disease. “The satiety centers in the brain of sleep, sex, food and thirst are closely related,” explains Michael F. Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. “When not enough of one (sleep, for example) is obtained, you crave another — sugared food, for instance.” For tips on how to avoid tossing and turning half the night worrying about the unfinished tasks, check out 360-5’s Better Sleep.

(CREDIT: Ariel Skelley Collection, Blend Images, Getty Images)
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