Do you sleep enough?

OSSEM - Sleep is important


We all know a healthy diet and physical exercise is important when trying to reduce excess body fat. But did you know our sleep also plays a role? Obesity has been associated with both shorter sleep duration and poor sleep quality. Why? Shorter sleep duration has been shown to lead to decreased levels of leptin (a protein hormone which signals us to feel full and satisfied), increased levels of ghrelin (a peptide in our gut associated with the hunger sensation), and increased insulin resistance.

With a special interest in obesity, weight loss and metabolic health, Dr Lynne Reid can help you get on the right track with your weight management. Book an appointment to see her today.


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