If you’ve ever tried to lose weight before, chances are you’ve put a lot of focus on diet and exercise.And rightly so! Balancing the calories we consume and burn is an essential part of weight loss and healthy living.However, few people are aware of the vital role that sleep plays in shedding those extra kilos.Here are 3 reasons you should focus on getting really good sleep as part of your weight loss journey.1: Poor sleep makes you hungryAn array of scientific studies have repeatedly linked bad sleep with weight gain and obesity. Poor sleep can affect our hunger balancing hormone, Leptin, which makes us more likely to snack and eat more than we need.Unfortunately, this results in a vicious cycle where poor sleep leads to weight gain, which leads to even worse sleep etc. and etc. This is why it’s important to fix both diet and sleep if you’re trying to lose weight.2: Poor sleep can decrease your resting metabolismYour Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is the amount of calories you burn while at rest.Research indicates that getting poor sleep can lower your RMR, meaning that it takes your body a lot longer to burn fat.3: Poor sleep inhibits physical activityGetting better sleep means better exercise. There are two main reasons for this.Firstly, sleep deprivation leads to daytime fatigue, meaning that you’re going to be far less motivated to exercise in the first place.Secondly, it will mean you’re more likely to get tired earlier while doing said exercise.All said, poor sleep makes you more likely to snack, less likely to exercise and means you take longer to burn fat.For a fully integrated, healthy life you need to take sleep seriously.If sleep is an issue for you, talk to your doctor and get in touch with us. It’s a problem we’d love to help you solve.Sleep well, live well.