By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
We all know that exercise and good nutrition are critical in keeping our body from becoming obese, but did you know sleep is equally as important?
Yep, hitting the sack and knocking out for a solid 8 hours of shut-eye apparently plays a major role in shedding those pounds.
Even though you should still maintain an active lifestyle, not getting enough sleep creates a chemical imbalance in your body that increases your hunger, slows fat burn, and makes it harder for muscles to get big.
In fact, even calories pile up quicker when your body’s tired.
The best combination is healthy diet, frequent exercise, and sleep. They all feed into one another (no pun intended), and exercise during the day helps you achieve a deeper slumber at night. So, next time you’re debating whether to stay up late on the internet or knock out for a mega snooze, put your head on the pillow and lose some weight! Featured image courtesy of Timothy Krause on Flickr. Image of forest napper courtesy of martinak15 on Flickr.