Weight loss is a complicated process, and it usually involves a few different factors, like eating well and exercising regularly. But new research has found there’s one easy tweak you can make that will help you easily cut back on how many calories you take in every day: Get more sleep.
The randomized clinical trial, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, featured 80 adults classified as overweight who regularly slept less than 6.5 hours a night. Researchers randomized them into a control group, which continued to follow their normal habits, and a group that was encouraged to extend their sleep every night for two weeks. On average, people in the extended sleep group got an additional 1.2 hours of sleep a night.
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