What role does sleep play in long term weight loss?

If fat loss is my goal, should I sleep every night at the same time(s) for about 8 hours?

Sleep is pretty integral to weight loss – if you're exhausted, your body is more likely to store calories and sugars as fat to use for energy later (your body will think that you are in a time of need, and exhaustion tends to release stress hormones that will cause you to gain weight.) You'll feel more tired more easily – obviously – if you aren't getting enough sleep, and you'll probably eat more in an attempt to raise your blood sugar; also, you'll be too lethargic to excersize.

Regularly going to sleep at X o'clock will help your internal clock to get into a certain groove, and if you get used to going to sleep and waking up at around the same time every night, you'll probably feel more rested when you wake up in the mornings =) BUT as long as you get a healthy amount of sleep every night you ought to be okay. Regardless, Good is always better than Okay and as such a regular sleep schedule would probably be best for your health and overall well-being.

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