Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year! There’s plenty of presents, food and parties. However, while everyone is feeling festive, it is also a time of year when many people can become extremely run down and tired.

All the parties, drinking and late night shopping can really affect your sleeping pattern – not what you want at all! The facts are not great when it comes to lack of sleep:

Sleep depravation contributes to excess fat [1].
Excess fat contributes to sleep depravation [2].

DreamingWell that’s a vicious circle if ever I’ve seen one and that’s not everything! Lack of sleep can contribute to many complaints, including more regular colds, stomach troubles, difficulty learning, irritability, mood swings, headaches and migraines, poor vision, loss of sex drive… the list goes on!

According to World Health, more than a quarter (27%) of British people admit to not getting a good nights sleep on working days [3].

Are you getting enough sleep? If not, why?

Well some are blaming our mobile phone and tablet screens for the lack of sleep [4] but why would this affect us? Apparently the screens give off what is called ‘blue light’, a type of light which our brain associates with waking up. Not good for when we’re trying to go to sleep then! Other experts are blaming things like stress, noise and work patterns for sleep depravation.

ClockSo what can you do about this? Well, if you haven’t already, read my previous article ‘5 tips to get better sleep‘ for some great ways to improve your nights kip.

For those struggling with body fat, I always recommend looking at nutrition first. However, if that’s all in check and you are still struggling, take a look at your sleeping patterns. Don’t fall into the cycle of no-sleep and fat gain!