Some research suggests that the average American consumes an astonishing 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, mostly from sugar-sweetened sodas and baked goods as well as candy, ready-to-eat cereals and breads. Added sugar has been linked to the development of high blood pressure, increased triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and fatty liver problems. It also appears to increase the risk of fatal heart attacks. Sleep deprivation, by itself, can have a negative impact on health, and we know that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to become obese, which increases their risk of a long list of diseases. We’ll have to see what further research reveals about the effects of sleep on diet. In the meantime, establishing a nighttime routine to help boost sleeping time is well worth the effort.
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