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Older couple sleepingGetting a good night’s sleep is important in maintaining a healthy weight. People who sleep less than six hours a night may be more likely to gain weight and some overweight people have trouble sleeping.

Disrupted sleep patterns due to stress, travel or shift work can also affect your weight. Odd waking hours can leave you less time in the day to do planned physical activity and cook healthy meals. And if you’re tired, you’re more likely to lounge around rather than be active.

So, make sure you get enough sleep by:

  • Going to bed at about the same time each night, if possible
  • Getting up at about the same time each day, if possible
  • Drinking less tea, coffee and alcohol, especially before bedtime
  • Keeping television and laptop computers out of the bedroom
  • Getting enough physical activity.

Taking a warm bath or shower about 30 minutes before bedtime can also help.

If you still have trouble sleeping, talk to your health professional.