If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to focus more on getting a good night’s sleep and less on what you are eating.
People who have regular sleep patterns find it easier to shift unwanted weight, new research suggests.
In fact, 74 percent of people who get a good night’s sleep said they found weight loss easier.
And 82 percent said they found it easier to stick to a healthy eating regime.
In order to get the most out of your diet you should aim to get anywhere between seven and a half and eight hours sleep a night, the researchers said.
The best time to hit the hay is 10:10 p.m. – this allows for 20 minutes to nod off and 90 minutes of the most restful rapid eye movement (REM) sleep before midnight.
The results are from a new survey of 1,000 people by Forza Supplements.
Experts monitored the sleep patterns of dieters to find the common factors which contributed to weight gain.
People who slept for less than seven hours a night were found to have the most chaotic eating patterns, were more prone to diet lapses and were more likely to exceed their weekly limits for alcohol consumption.
Two-thirds of this group also admitted to snacking in between meals.
And more than half said they had difficultly sticking to a diet while 54 percent said they regularly drank more than they should.