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01/29/2014 08:37 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Ways To Prevent Sleep-Related Weight Gain

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By Bonnie Taub-Dix

Could lack of sleep be secretly sabotaging your health and weight? Sleeping the recommended seven to nine hours nightly can boost your overall health and whittle your waistline. In fact, studies have proven that sleep-deprived people consume over 500 more calories per day on average than those who got an adequate night's sleep.

The link between diet and sleep can be compared to the chicken or egg problem -- which comes first? You need to eat healthfully to sleep soundly, while getting enough zzz's also encourages a healthy diet and lifestyle. Regardless of the reason for a disrupted sleep cycle, here are some tips to help you sleep easier and maybe even shed a few pounds.

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