Sleep Key to Lasting Weight Loss
Something as simple as getting enough sleep at night (9-10 hours) can be the difference between keeping the weight off and not gaining it at all and putting on the pounds:
A recent study from the United Kingdom reports that the lower the number of hours you sleep, the higher the likelihood you will put on extra weight. These findings apply to all age groups including children. The research team reviewed the findings from 696 studies on the effects of sleep time on weight gain. They found a solid relationship between hours of sleep and risk of obesity. All the studies of adults as well as children showed a significant and consistent negative association between Body Mass Index and hours of sleep.
There also appears to be a link between lack of sleep and stroke:
Another study reports that sleeping too little is linked to increased risk of stroke. While the researchers point out that their findings can be applied only to the postmenopausal women in the study, other experts are saying that the same relationship between sleep and stroke risk is universal.
I remember watching a Dateline where some university was conducting a study on the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain and what they found was not only did people eat more but they had cravings for the high fat, sugar salt foods and did a lot of sleep eating: munching while not fully awake. So, instead of making a resolution to lose weight, maybe your resolution needs to be to get enough sleep at night.